Day 109 of 365 Things to Do in Panama

Day 109 of 365 Things to Do in Panama. Keep your eyes open for a Booby Mating Dance.

Ok, we are talking birds here.....the Blue Footed Booby.

You have probably seen the Boobies flying over, diving for food or perching on the cliffs of the Pearl Islands or near Taboga Island where they nest.

Blue-footed boobies are aptly named, and males take great pride in their fabulous feet. During mating rituals, male birds show off their feet to prospective mates with a high-stepping strut. The bluer the feet, the more attractive the mate.

In Panama we have several Booby species which we can see and careful observation can help you differentiate between them.

The Booby species are thought to take their name from the Spanish word "bobo." The term means "stupid," which is how early European colonists may have characterized these clumsy and unwary birds when they saw them on land—their least graceful environment.!

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