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Nazca Booby Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Prince Philip's Steps, Genovesa Island, Galápagos
GPS: 0.3N, -89.9W, elev=82' MAP
Date: May 21, 2008
ID : 7C2V2463 [3888 x 2592]

Nazca Booby Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Punta Suarez, Española Island, Galápagos
GPS: -1.4S, -89.7W, elev=11' MAP
Date: May 18, 2008
ID : 7C2V0985 [3888 x 2592]

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Nazca Booby Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: North Seymour Island, Galápagos
GPS: -0.4S, -90.3W, elev=84' MAP
Date: May 23, 2008
ID : 7C2V3936 [3888 x 2592]

Nazca Booby Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Punta Suarez, Española Island, Galápagos
GPS: -1.4S, -89.7W, elev=11' MAP
Date: May 18, 2008
ID : 1331 [3888 x 2592]

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Nazca Booby Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Punta Suarez, Española Island, Galápagos
GPS: -1.4S, -89.7W, elev=11' MAP
Date: May 18, 2008
ID : 1328 [3888 x 2592]

Nazca Booby Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Punta Suarez, Española Island, Galápagos
GPS: -1.4S, -89.7W, elev=11' MAP
Date: May 18, 2008
ID : 7C2V1225 [3888 x 2592]

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Nazca Booby Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos
GPS: -0.8S, -89.5W, depth=-260' MAP
Date: May 17, 2008
ID : 7C2V0666 [3888 x 2592]

Nazca Booby Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos
GPS: -0.8S, -89.5W, depth=-260' MAP
Date: May 17, 2008
ID : 7C2V0694 [3888 x 2592]

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Nazca Booby Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos
GPS: -0.8S, -89.5W, depth=-260' MAP
Date: May 17, 2008
ID : 7C2V0657 [3888 x 2592]

Nazca Booby Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Punta Suarez, Española Island, Galápagos
GPS: -1.4S, -89.7W, elev=11' MAP
Date: May 18, 2008
ID : 7C2V1125 [3888 x 2592]

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Nazca Booby Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Punta Suarez, Española Island, Galápagos
GPS: -1.4S, -89.7W, elev=11' MAP
Date: May 18, 2008
ID : 1348 [3888 x 2592]

Nazca Booby Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Prince Philip's Steps, Genovesa Island, Galápagos
GPS: 0.3N, -89.9W, elev=82' MAP
Date: May 21, 2008
ID : 7C2V2464 [3888 x 2592]

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Nazca Booby Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Prince Philip's Steps, Genovesa Island, Galápagos
GPS: 0.3N, -89.9W, elev=82' MAP
Date: May 21, 2008
ID : 1540 [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The Nazca Booby, Sula granti, is a booby which is found in the eastern Pacific Ocean, namely on the Galápagos Islands where it can be seen by eco-tourists, and on Clipperton Island. The Revillagigedo Islands off Baja California which possibly constitute its northeasternmost limit of its breeding range.

A Nazca Bobby with its chick and unhatched egg Nazca Booby portrait

It was formerly regarded as a subspecies of the Masked Booby but the Nazca Booby is now recognized as a separate species. They differ in regard to ecological and morphological as well as mtDNA cytochrome b sequence data. The Nazca Booby co-occurs with the Masked Booby on Clipperton Island, where they may rarely hybridize.

Nazca boobies are known for practicing habitual siblicide. They lay two eggs, several days apart. If both eggs hatch, the elder chick will push its sibling out of the nest area, leaving it to die of thirst or cold. The parent booby will not intervene and the younger chick will inevitably die. It is believed that two eggs are laid so that one remains an insurance in case the other gets destroyed or eaten e.g. by gulls, or the chick dies soon after hatching. In a study published in PLoS ONE (June 18, 2008), biologists linked the murderous behavior to high levels of testosterone and androgens found in the hatchlings. According to the study, the high hormone levels also cause the surviving chicks to behave like bullies after they grow up. They frequently seek out nestlings in their colony, and during those visits they often bite and push around the defenseless youngsters.

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