Sula dactylatra (Lesson, 1831)
Masked Booby

The Masked Booby is apparently a rare visitor to the waters around Kwajalein. No sightings were listed in Clapp (1990). When not breeding, these birds tend to stay well out to sea, and they apprently do not breed in the Marshalls. We have seen them on only a few occasions. The individual photographed below was on top of the pole that marks the lagoon pinnacle reef known as S-buoy. The subspecies in the Pacific has been given the name Sula dactylatra personata.

Created 26 January 2018

Return to Kwaj birds

Kwajalein Underwater home