Artist: Jemma Pearson Medium: bronze Height: 13 cm Base: 15 x 15 cm Patina: Traditional Brown
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Blue Footed Boobies
The Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) is easily recognizable by its distinctive bright blue feet, which is a sexually selected trait. Males display their feet in an elaborate mating ritual by lifting one and then the other up, while strutting before the female, to which she responds with her own feet lifting. Both males and females prefer mates with brighter feet and adjust their parental investment based on the attractiveness of their mate. The natural breeding habitat of the Blue-footed Booby is tropical and subtropical islands of the Pacific Ocean. Their range extends from the Gulf of California down along the western coasts of Central and South America to Peru. From about a third to a half of all breeding pairs nest on the Galápagos Islands.