Thursday, December 11, 2014

Masked Booby

In 2012 I blogged about how eBird added a species to my list, the Nazca Booby from the Galapagos. When I saw them, Nazca Boobies were considered to be a race of the Masked Booby. In 2000, due to differing morphology and ecology, the two races were split into distinct species. Where the two species overlap, they tend not to mate with each other. Molecular evidence supports the split.

In the United States, Masked Boobies breed on the Dry Tortugas, at the end of the Florida Keys. On 15 February 2011, this was as close to the tiny island with roosting boobies as our tourist boat would approach. The captain did oblige me by slowing down, allowing me this photograph.

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