Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Boobies and Gannets :: Brown Booby

Brown Booby Sula leucogaster

Described by: Boddaert (1783)
Alternate common name(s): Brown Gannet, White-bellied Booby
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors


Wailua, Kauai Island, Hawaii, USA - Apr 6, 2005 © William Hull  Wailua, Kauai Island, Hawaii, USA - Apr 6, 2005 © William Hull  Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kauai Island, Hawaii, USA - Apr 5, 2005 © William Hull  near Poipu, Kauai Island, Hawaii, USA - Apr 12, 2005 © William Hull  near Poipu, Kauai Island, Hawaii, USA - Apr 12, 2005 © William Hull 
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Pantropical between 30N and 30S; C. Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean and c. Pacific Ocean;
(1) Ex. se. United States (formerly on the Florida Keys), West Indies, e. Mexico on islets off the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras (Los Farallons), Nicaragua, Costa Rica (Cabo Blanco, Islets near Isla Uvita off Limon), Panama Colombia (Tonel Is., Gulf of Uraba), Venezuela, Trinidad, Guyana, Surinam, Guiana, Brazil (Bahia to Parana), Cape Verde Is., Ascension Is., Fernando Noronha Is., Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon in the Gulf of Guinea and Gabon, and on Sante Pedras, Sao Tome, Tortuga, Pagalu Is. and Ascension Is.
(2) Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, Indian Ocean (Seychelles, Mitsio Is. off Madagascar, Cocos Is. (Keeling Is. and Christmas Is.), Sri Lanka, ex. s. India (Malabar coast), Lakshadweep Is. and Bay of Bengal, Malaya (Straits of Malacca), Annam, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Sulawesi, Moluccas, Gunung Api in the Banda Sea, Bankoran Is. in the Sulu Sea, Philippines, Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea, China, Japan, Bonin Is., Volcano Is., Taiwan, Hainan, New Guinea, Australia (nw. Western Australia, mostly from 18 to 36km from shore, at Ashmore Reef s. Bedout Is., Dampier Archipelago, Northern Territory and Queensland from Raine Is. off ne. Cape York Peninsula, Great Barrier Reef, Michaelmas Cay off Cairns and Lady Elliot Island s. to Moreton Bay, Bunker Is. and ex. ne. New South Wales, Tweed Heads) and throughout the tropical Pacific (New Caledonia on Chesterfield and Surprise Is., Tonga, Tuamotu, Vanuatu on Mataso Is., Banks Is. on Reef Is. and Hawaii on Ureparapara, Kure e. to Kauai and Moku Manu off Oahu, Kaula Rock off Niihau and northwest chain).).
(3) W. Mexico (Revillagigedo, Clipperton, Tres Marias and Isabela Is.) and in the Gulf of California locally s. to Guerrero. (4) W. Central America on Los Farallones off Honduras, islets off Costa Rica, Pearl Is. and islets in the Bay of Panama, and Gorgona Is. off Colombia (n. Chaco). Ranges n. to Japan, California and Nova Scotia and rarely s. to Ecuador, South Africa and sw. Australia.
North America n. of Mexican border
Summer: FLA (Florida Keys especially the Dry Tortugas), casual elsewhere in the Gulf of Mexico, but seldom seen from the mainland shore. Immature birds wander to the Salton Sea and lower Colorado River in the late summer: sw. CAL, sw. ARZ.
Winter: FLA (Florida Keys especially the Dry Tortugas).


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Location unknown - Date unknown Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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