|Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves (Birds) Order: Ciconiiformes Family: Sulidae|
Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster)
Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) is a vagrant to coastal regions in India and a probable resident in Lakshadweep islands.
Identification: Size 65-74 cm. Wingspan: 56 inches. Sexes similar. Pelagic bird only coming ashore to breed. Large bird that dives for fish from air. Takes 2 to 3 years to reach adult plumage. Adult birds have dark head, breast, mantle, and tail with white belly cleanly separated from dark breast. Underwings white with dark border. Large, yellow, pointed bill. Yellow legs and feet. Immature birds have belly slightly paler than breast.
Similar species: Adults are quite distinctive with their bold dark
head and breast cleanly separated from the white belly. Immature boobies of
other species are very similar to Brown Boobies. Young Brown Boobies have
darker bellies than Masked Booby and
Blue-footed Booby. As Brown Boobies age, the distinctive breast band becomes
more apparent. Young Red-footed Boobies
are also quite dark but are smaller, and have even darker bellies and