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 31 videos
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
An individual perched on a rock. Locality Vatu-i-Ra, Fiji (ssp plotus)
Josep del Hoyo 30 August 2012 1 year ago 18 sec 4.4
A big group of birds in a beach Locality Michaelmas Cay, Queensland, Australia (ssp plotus)
Eldert Groenewoud 6 August 2007 5 years ago 16 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 47 photos
A adult female visiting our ship off San Juan PR
Locality San Juan, Puerto Rico (ssp leucogaster)
Captain Peter 19 December 2012 43 weeks ago 4.3
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 48 weeks 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 3 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4.2
Brown Booby chasing Red-footed Booby (Sula sula)
Locality Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia
Tomas Grim 18 May 2013 18 weeks ago 4.2
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