Blue-footed boobies are the comedians and clowns of the Galapagos, amusing and entertaining travelers of all ages during excursions around the islands with an intricate mating ritual.
The iconic sea birds are found throughout the archipelago, seen in the air and on land in groups foraging for food and dancing under the blue skies of the islands. Their dance delights visitors from all around the world and is a surprising highlight of any trip to the Galapagos.
Blue-footed boobies nest on the ground and are found alongside trails on islands including Bartolome, and North Seymour. They mate year-round, and chicks, fledglings, juvenile, and adults are most spotted together during the months of June, July, and August.
The mating ritual of the blue-footed booby is a back and forth dance where the males clumsily strut with their heads in the air, showing off their brightly-colored feet to vie for the affection of opposite sex. Females either accept or reject their suitors, goose-stepping and flapping their wings to signal their interest.
Blue-footed boobies feed in the shallow waters off the shores of both uninhabited and populated islands, dramatically diving from the skies in search of small fish. One of the largest colonies in the Galapagos is found on North Seymour Island, where trails inland are popular nesting grounds for adults and their young. Both parents play a part in raising their infants, taking turns guarding the nest and hunting for food.
Where to Find Them –Throughout the islands with the largest colony on North Seymour Island
Best Time to See Them –Year-round