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Meet The Blue Footed Booby – The Awkwardley-Adorable ‘Cartoon’ Bird (12 Pics)

One of the most famous and charismatic inhabitants of the Galapagos island, the blue-footed booby, is almost like a cartoon character.

With their bright blue feet, beady eyes and overall whimsical look, what’s not to love!

On Galápagos, Revealing the Blue-Footed Booby's True Colors - The New York  Times

Native to tropical and subtropical and regions of the Pacific, from California all the way down to Peru.

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These unique birds are mainly marine birds and the only time they are on land is to breed and training the youngsters.

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The boobies are mainly marine birds; they spend very little time on land much of which is used for breeding and clown training for the little ones.

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Their feet are blue due to pigments called carotenoids found in the fish they eat making the feet a more intense colour of blue.

The reason for having blue feet is a mix of both managing their immune system and signalling to ‘woo’ and ultimately attract a mate.

Blue-Footed Booby | National Geographic

Studies have even shown that the foot colour reflects paternal contribution to raising offspring.

Blue-footed booby | bird | Britannica

This means chicks raised by brighter footed males grow faster than those raised by duller footed males.

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Meet the cute 'diver' with iconic blue feet - CGTN

Unlike most other birds, the male and female are almost entirely identical.

Blue-footed boogie isn't enough for booby babies | New Scientist

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