Gannets and Boobies (Sulidae)

Red-footed Booby (Sula sula) - HBW 1, p. 324

French: Fou à pieds rouges German: Rotfußtölpel Spanish: Piquero Patirrojo

Taxonomy: Pelecanus Sula Linnaeus, 1766, Barbados, West Indies.
Three subspecies commonly recognized, though validity doubtful.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • sula (Linnaeus, 1766) - Caribbean and SW Atlantic.
  • rubripes Gould, 1838 - tropical W & C Pacific and Indian Oceans.
  • websteri Rothschild, 1898 - E Pacific.