Red-footed booby on nest
Red-footed booby (Sula sula websteri) sitting on nest
Tower (Genovesa) Island
ECUADOR. South America
They are found in only 5 main colonies in the islands. Always situated on the outer islands, close to deep, oceanic water - their preferred feeding area. Although the most numerous booby in Galapagos (140,000 pairs in Genovesa) the species is not often seen unless an actual coloney is visited. Red-footed boobies are the smallest of the boobies and as they can feed hundred's of miles offshore only manage to bring back enough food to raize one chick. They are the only booby with prehensile feet and nest in trees and bushes rather than on the gound as the Blue-foots and Nazca booby do.