Manu Minute: The Boobies of Hawai‘i
Boobies are a group of goose-size tropical seabirds with long pointed bills, wings, and tails. There are three species of boobies that nest in Hawai‘i—the red-footed, brown, and masked. All are known by their Hawaiian name of ΄ā, the shortest name for any bird in the world.
You can usually find red-footed boobies out at sea, except during breeding season when they come to land. Unlike many other birds, boobies often incubate their eggs by sitting on them with their big webbed feet!