The blue-footed boobie is one of the cutest birds ever. Yellow eyes, pure white belly, irridescent brown wings, long silver beak, and bright blue feet. They have the appearance of amusing birds flying out of cartoons. And we find ourselves gazing intently at these magnificent creatures.
Are you curious about their blue feet? Carotenoids, the pigments included in the fish they consume, are what cause them. According to studies, a chick’s foot color reflects how well-raised they are. If they are well fed and cared for, their feet will be a more intense color of blue. They develop faster and more powerfully.
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Additionally, during breeding season, the female finds the male to be more alluring due to his blue feet. He struts with his feet showing off his striking feet to catch her eye. He is more attractive the bluer his feet are.
Tropical and subtropical areas of the Pacific, from California all the way down to Peru, are home to the blue-footed booby. On the island of the Galapagos, they are among the most well-known and beautiful birds. This area is home to half of the species’ population.
These birds are typically maritime creatures. They only live on land for breeding and training the hatchlings until fully-fledged.
H/T: National Geographic
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