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Red-footed Booby

Sula sula

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Large seabird of offshore tropical waters, not seen from mainland. Nests on offshore islands (usually in trees and bushes, unlike other boobies, which nest on the ground). Adult plumage is variable, but all have bright red feet and colorful bill and face; some have wholly brown plumage, others are white with a black trailing edge to the wings; the tail can be black or white. Immatures of all types are brown overall with dull pinkish feet.

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