Chronicles of Tawi-tawi: Curious boobies


Yes, they’re called boobies. They’re birds and are usually out flying in the sea. The booby got its name from the Spanish term “bobo” meaning stupid, as they had a habit of landing on ships and were easily captured and eaten. In my trips around Sulu Sea (Tubbataha & San Miguel Islands), they usually hover curiously above our boats/ship. You can even approach them closely for their photo ops.


Red-footed boobies breeds on small islands. Their nest is usually in a tree or bush, rarely on the ground.


They feed on small fish or squid as seen littered on the ground below their nests (Yup, the island stinks of poop & rotting fish & squid).


Some unfortunate chicks may fall to the ground and die ;-(


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