Sula sula   (Linnaeus,  1766) (Bird)
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Class: Aves

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Size: 66-77 cm.

Habits: Usually solitary, or in small flocks. Hunts in flocks of five to fifteen in single file, dives from above for hunting fish and pursues underwater, nocturnal to a certain extent, generally hunt in the late evening. Perch on ships, nest on trees and bushes.

Sexes alike. It is the smallest booby with red legs and feet, white and blackish to greyish-brown body plumage. Adult: White morph: Largely white with greyish-brown primaries, carpal black, underwings-coverts grey, bill light blue with brownish tip and red base, tail white, legs and feet red. Dark morph: Brownish, largely dark grey brown, grey brown underparts, blue grey bill, pink face and red legs.

Synonym (s)
Sula rubripes (Gould, 1838)

Common Name (s)
• Red-footed Booby (English)
• Redfooted Booby (English)
• Redlegged Gannet (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic, Open Sea
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Squids and fishes.
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


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Literature Source(s)
  • PBase Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
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  • Vernacular names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent Buceros, Envis newsletter: Avian Ecology & Inland Wetlands 62pp Available at -
  • Manakadan R and Pittie A (2001) Standardized English names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent BUCEROS Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetland 6(1) 26pp Available at -
  • Kumar A, sati JP and Tak CK (2003) Checklist of Indian Waterbids Buceros Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetlands 8(1) 30pp Available at -

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