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 16 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 16 weeks ago 59 sec 4.5
PhotosSee all 54 photos
Adult with chick
Locality Tinhosa Grande, São Tomé and Principe (ssp leucogaster)
Simon Valle 14 February 2013 5 weeks ago 4.5
Locality Recife, Pernambuco State, Brazil
Miguel Andina 22 May 2012 1 year 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 22 weeks ago 4.2
Brown Booby chasing Red-footed Booby (Sula sula)
Locality Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia
Tomas Grim 18 May 2013 37 weeks ago 4.2
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