Red-footed Booby

Sula sula (Linnaeus, 1766) 670
Family: Suliformes > Sulidae

A small relative of the Gannet, this species breeds on tropical islands throughout the world's oceans and has only recently been recorded in British waters.


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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Red-footed Booby, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Catalan: mascarell cama-roig
Czech: terej cervenonohý
Danish: Rødfodet Sule
Dutch: Roodpootgent
Estonian: punajalg-suula
Finnish: punajalkasuula
French: Fou à pieds rouges
German: Rotfußtölpel
Hungarian: piroslábú szula
Icelandic: Trjásúla
Italian: Sula zamperosse
Latvian: sarkankaju sulla
Lithuanian: raudonkojis padukelis
Norwegian: Rødfotsule
Polish: gluptak czerwononogi
Portuguese: atobá-de-pé-vermelho
Slovak: sula cervenonohá
Slovenian: rdecenogi strmoglavec
Spanish: Piquero patirrojo
Swedish: rödfotad sula

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