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Blue-Footed Booby - Introduction



Blue-Footed Booby - Introduction
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     challenging words:    seabird, booby, unflattering, blue-footed, bobo, headlong, downward, despite, yards, such, fellow, plain-looking, fear, unfortunate, rather, lack
     content words:    In Spanish


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1     "Bobo" is what Spanish settlers called this tropical seabird. In Spanish, the name means "stupid fellow." Which bird has such an unflattering name? Well, the blue-footed booby is the unfortunate one! While most birds fly away as soon as they detect danger, blue-footed boobies do not. Their lack of fear makes them an easy catch and is how they got their Spanish name.
 
2     We can find blue-footed boobies on the tropical islands of Galapagos and along the coastlines of the Gulf of California, Mexico, Ecuador, and Peru. About the size of a goose, the blue-footed booby is most famous for its feet. Indeed, with plain-looking feathers of brown and white, blue-footed boobies attract our attention with their bright blue feet. Male blue-footed boobies show off their blue feet when they are searching for a mate.
 
3     Despite its rather humiliating name, the blue-footed booby is anything but stupid when it goes out fishing. Blue-footed boobies glide .....
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