Gannets and Boobies (Sulidae)

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) - HBW 1, p. 325

French: Fou brun German: Weißbauchtölpel Spanish: Piquero Pardo
Other common names: White-bellied Booby

Taxonomy: Pelecanus Leucogaster Boddaert, 1783, Cayenne.
Known to have hybridized with S. dactylatra and these two species evidently very close; juvenile dactylatra closely resembles present species. Subspecies brewsteri formerly considered a full species. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • leucogaster (Boddaert, 1783) - – Caribbean and tropical Atlantic.
  • plotus (J. R. Forster, 1844) - – Red Sea and W Indian Ocean to C Pacific.
  • brewsteri Goss, 1888 - – NE tropical Pacific.
  • etesiaca Thayer & Bangs, 1905 - – CE Pacific.