A doggerel series about odd or little-known animals.
Blue-footed booby. A relatively large and rather funny-looking seabird that is easily distinguished by its bright blue webbed feet. As for the name ‘booby’, it comes from the Spanish word bobo which means ‘fool’ or ‘dunce’, a reference to their clumsiness on land
Distribution & Habitat
The blue-footed booby is a strictly marine bird, distributed among the continental coasts of the eastern Pacific Ocean from California to the Galápagos Islands down into Peru. It only uses land to breed and rear young, which it does along the rocky coasts of the eastern Pacific. It forages in cool, offshore waters, and nests on open ground on rocky coasts, cliffs or islands.
The booby was the saddest bird—
It had no clothes or shoes.
It spent so much of every day
Just singing—yes, the blues.
He sang dark tunes so often that
His body felt sad too—
And so it soon commenced a change:
And first? His feet turned blue!