Sulidae – Gannets, Boobies

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) by Ian

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) by Ian

If you come across a bird’s nest in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs and the mother sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young. (Deuteronomy 22:6 ESV)
Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip. (Psalms 18:36 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – SULIFORMES, Family – Sulidae – Gannets, Boobies

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Species (10)

Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)
Cape Gannet (Morus capensis)
Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator)
Abbott’s Booby (Papasula abbotti)
Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii)
Peruvian Booby (Sula variegata)
Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra)
Nazca Booby (Sula granti)
Red-footed Booby (Sula sula)
Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster)


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The bird family Sulidae comprises the gannets and boobies. Collectively called sulids, they are medium-large coastal seabirds that plunge-dive for fish and similar prey. The ten species in this family are often considered congeneric in older sources, placing all in the genus Sula. However, Sula (true boobies) and Morus (gannets) can be readily distinguished by morphological and behavioral and DNA sequence characters. Abbott’s Booby (Papasula) is given its own genus as it stands apart from both in these respects. It appears to be a distinct and ancient lineage, maybe closer to the gannets than to the true boobies.

They have stout legs and webbed feet, with the web connecting all four toes. In some species the webs are brightly colored and used in courtship displays. The bill is usually conspicuously colored, long, deep at the base, and pointed, with saw-like edges. The upper mandible curves down slightly at the tip and can be moved upward to accept large prey. To keep water out during plunges, the nostrils enter into the bill rather than opening to the outside directly. The eyes are angled forward, and provide a wider field of binocular vision than in most other birds.(Wikipedia with editing)


and the pelican, and the carrion vulture, and the gannet, (Deuteronomy 14:17 Darby)

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