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Red-footed and blue-footed boobies: why are they called that?

One of our clients' most frequently asked questions

Why are boobies called boobies?

Why are boobies called boobies?

This is a question we get asked a lot! The name "booby" comes from a mishearing of the Spanish "bobo" - which means clumsy, or clown.

When you have experienced the delightful antics of the red-footed boobies and blue-footed boobies on your Galapatours cruise you will understand why "bobo" was a good name for these wonderful Galapagos native sea birds.

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