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Manu Minute: The Boobies of Hawai‘i

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A red-footed booby and a brown booby at the Hawai‘i Wildlife Center.

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!

Savannah Harriman-Pote rejoined The Conversation in 2021 after interning for Hawaiʻi Public Radio in the summers of 2018 and 2019. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, during which time she worked for WMHC and Mount Holyoke News. She has also worked with the audio documentary series Outer Voices and National Geographic.
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson is the Lab Manager & Research Technician in the Hart Lab/Listening Observatory for Hawaiian Ecosystems (LOHE) Bioacoustics Lab. She researches the ecology, bioacoustics, and conservation of our native Hawaiian forests, birds, and bats.
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