Booby

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Boobies
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Red-footed Booby
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Pelecaniformes
Family:Sulidae
Genus:Papasula
Sula
Species

Papasula
   Papasula abbotti or Sula abbotti

Sula
   Sula nebouxii
   Sula variegata
   Sula dactylatra
   Sula sula
   Sula leucogaster

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Booby chick on Palmyra Atoll.

The boobies are part of the family Sulidae. This is a group of seabirds which is closely related to the gannets.

Five of the six booby species are in the genus Sula, with the sixth recently given its own genus Papasula, while the three gannets are usually treated in the genus Morus; many authorities consider that all nine species should be considered congeneric, in Sula.

The boobies are large birds with long pointed wings and long bills. They hunt fish by diving from a height into the sea and pursuing their prey underwater. They have facial air sacs under their skin which cushion the impact with the water.

These are colonial breeders on islands and coasts, which normally lay one or more chalky blue eggs on the ground or sometimes in a tree nest.

This group is related to other Pelecaniformes as below:

ORDER PELICANIFORMES


Booby or boobies is sometimes used as slang for female breasts.eo:Sulo

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