|Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves (Birds) Order: Ciconiiformes Family: Sulidae|
Red-footed Booby (Sula sula)
Red-footed Booby (Sula sula) is a vagrant bird in India and a probable resident in Lakshadweep islands.
Identification: Size: 66-77 cm. 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. Smallest booby. Adult-white morph: White head, body and tail. Dark primaries and outer secondaries. Underwings white with dark border. Large, gray, pointed bill. Red legs and feet. Pink at base of bill. Adult-dark morph: Brown head and body. Darker wings. White rump, undertail coverts and tail. Large, gray, pointed bill. Red legs and feet. Pink at base of bill. Immature: Dark brown plumage. Dark feet.
Similar species: The Red-footed Booby is smaller and faster-flying
than the other boobies. Adults have diagnostic red feet and pink-based bills.
When flying, adults of the white morph are similar to the
Masked Booby but have white tails (usually)
and white inner secondaries. The combination of the brown body plumage and
the white rump and tail is characteristic of the dark morph Red-footed Booby.
Immature Red-footed Boobies are obviously darker than all but the immature
Brown Booby but lack the underwing pattern and
breast demarcation line.