Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) - HBW 1, p. 325
French: Fou brun
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.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 34 videos
A close view of a juvenile perched on top of a dead tree and flying away. Locality Tahuna Motu, Tetiaroa, Society Islands, French Polynesia (ssp etesiaca)
Josep del Hoyo 22 September 2013 9 weeks ago 27 sec 4.8
A bird perched on a rock and a Black Noddy landing close to it for a few seconds. Locality Vatu-i-Ra, Fiji (ssp plotus)
Josep del Hoyo 30 August 2012 1 year ago 24 sec 4.7
A bird flying and fishing Locality Buenos Aires Province, Argentina (ssp leucogaster)
Max Roth 31 August 2001 8 years ago 14 sec 4.7
A group of males on nests with downy chick, showing cliff line habitat Locality Aguiguan, Northern Mariana Islands (ssp plotus)
Curt Kessler 31 October 2006 6 years ago 31 sec 4.5
Nestlings in various stages Locality Aguiguan, Northern Mariana Islands (ssp plotus)
Curt Kessler 31 October 2006 6 years ago 43 sec 4.5
A close-up of an adult bird incubating in a nest placed on the ground, and preening. Locality Tahuna Motu, Tetiaroa, Society Islands, French Polynesia (ssp etesiaca)
Josep del Hoyo 22 September 2013 9 weeks ago 59 sec 4.5
PhotosSee all 51 photos
A adult female visiting our ship off San Juan PR
Locality San Juan, Puerto Rico (ssp leucogaster)
Captain Peter 19 December 2012 1 year ago 4.3
Locality Recife, Pernambuco State, Brazil
Miguel Andina 22 May 2012 1 year ago 4.3
An adult bird incubating on the ground.
Locality Tahuna Motu, Tetiaroa, Society Islands, French Polynesia (ssp etesiaca)
Josep del Hoyo 22 September 2013 9 weeks ago 4.3
Female(L) and male(R) on Coronado Island
Locality Coronado Islands, Baja California State, Mexico (Northern) (ssp brewsteri)
John Pratt 3 September 2010 1 year ago 4.3
Two males fighting
Locality Bampton Island, Chesterfield Islands, New Caledonia (ssp plotus)
Julien Baudat-Franceschi 20 November 2011 1 year ago 4.3
A close-up of a Brown Booby in flight.
Locality Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco State, Mexico (Northern) (ssp brewsteri)
JimBachman 19 May 2011 16 weeks ago 4.2
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