Readers of BirdWatching in early 2013 voted Blue-footed Booby the tenth most-wanted bird in the United States and Canada. Here’s what you need to know to add it to your life list.
Description, range, and population
DESCRIPTION. Large seabird with long bill and tail, streaked head, white breast, dark back, and blue feet. (ABA Code 4)
RANGE. Pacific coast from Mexico to central Peru, especially the Gulf of California, Galapagos Islands, Honduras, and Panama. In Mexico, common in the Gulf of California and on the coast from San Blas south to Oaxaca.
POPULATION. Fewer than 40,000 pairs worldwide (2001 estimate). Preliminary data from a new Galapagos study indicate 6,000-10,000 birds are on the islands.
Pacific coast from Mexico to Central Peru and especially the Gulf of California and the Galapagos Islands
Partnership for International Birding: Galapagos Islands: Birding and Nature with Xavier Munoz, October 26-November 6, 2014
Tropical Birding: Galapagos Endemics Cruise, October 24-November 2, 2013
Exotic Birding: Galapagos Islands Photo Cruise, November 9-18, 2013, and June 7-16, 2014
Bird Treks: San Blas, Mexico, January 25-February 2, 2014
Cheeseman’s Ecology Safaris: The Galapagos Islands: In-depth Exploration of Evolution’s Playground, May 18-June 4, 2014
Field Guides: Galapagos: An Intimate Look at Darwin’s Islands, June 14-24, July 5-15, and August 2-12, 2014
Wild Planet Nature Tours: Where the Desert Meets the Sea: La Paz, Baja California, Mexico, February 26-March 5, 2015
Birdquest: Baja California: The Last Kingdom of the Whales, April 8-19, 2015
About our poll
We wanted to know, and you told us.
Earlier this year, we published a list of 240 bird species that occur in the United States and Canada and asked readers of BirdWatching magazine to choose the 10 that they wanted to see most.
We derived our list from the authoritative ABA Checklist. We included all rare, casual, and accidental species (ABA Checklist Codes 3, 4, and 5); regularly occurring North American species that are not widespread (Codes 1 and 2); and one species that was once dangerously close to extinction but today is surviving in captivity and struggling to become naturally re-established (Code 6). We omitted most species not native to North America.
Nearly 900 of our readers participated. Their 10 most-wanted birds include three owls, a handful of endangered species, a clown-faced puffin, a blue-footed seabird that is rarely spotted in the United States, and America’s one and only condor.
We presented the 10 most-wanted birds in the August 2013 issue of BirdWatching. Our article included not only the descriptions, population info, and eBird maps above but also 10 things you didn’t know about each species.