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The Nazca Booby
Shambu recently came across a nazca booby on his adventures in the Galapagos Islands. Read more about the bird here!
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Shambu’s been messing up during his recent trip to the Galapagos Islands. His clumsiness is very similar to a bird found in the Galapagos, the Nazca Booby! Let’s find out more about this bird.

  • The booby bird gets its name from the Spanish word ‘bobo’ which means clumsy. This is because booby birds are very clumsy on land.
  • The Nazca booby is the largest of the three booby bird families in the Galapagos. 
  • It was previously thought to be a subspecies of the masked booby but was recognized to be a new species in the year 2002.
  • They differ from the masked booby as they have different beak colours and are larger in size. 
  • The Nazca booby is white in colour with black tail feathers. They can be differentiated from the red-footed and the blue-footed booby birds on the islands by their feet colour.
  • They can be found fishing and breeding on the Nazca tectonic plate. Now you know where the first part of their name comes from!
  • They plunge-dive into the waters from up to 30 metres, which is half the height of the Leaning Tower of Pisa!
  • The nazca booby mother lays two eggs during breeding season. One of the two chicks will usually grow bigger and stronger than the other. The smaller chick does not survive.
  • They are commonly found on the Española, San Cristobal, and Genovesa islands.
Sources:
https://galapagosconservation.org.uk/wildlife/nazca-booby/
https://world.expeditions.com/destinations/south-america/galapagos/the-experience/read-up-gear-up/staff-article/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masked_booby
https://www.natgeokids.com/ie/discover/geography/countries/ng-kids-heads-to-the-galapagos-islands/
https://www.bluebulbprojects.com/measureofthings/results.php?comp=length&unit=m&amt=30&sort=pr&p=2
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