The French name for the crazy bird is fou (madman) or it is also known as the gannet, belonging to a large group of seabirds called Sulidae. In English, the crazy bird is divided into two types: 6 species called boobies, and 3 other species called gannets.
The bird called booby is not named after its crazy behavior. Its name actually comes from a slang term in Spanish, “bubi,” which means foolish person. This name originated from the fact that these gentle birds have a habit of perching on ship masts and are therefore easy prey for hunters. It’s truly a crazy situation!
There are many different types of cuckoo birds with varying colors and patterns, such as the blue-faced cuckoo, white-bellied cuckoo, green-legged cuckoo, red-legged cuckoo, Nazca cuckoo, and Peru cuckoo. Unfortunately, some species of cuckoo birds have become extinct.
The blue-footed booby is known for its unique and deadly dance. This bird species is commonly found in Western Central and South America. Their webbed feet serve various purposes such as protecting their young, keeping themselves warm during the winter, and attracting mates during the breeding season. Their feet are considered a powerful weapon during mating rituals.
In order to outdo their opponent, the male bird will perform a comical dance by spreading his feet apart, lifting them up and down in a rhythmic manner. This peculiar behavior helps the male bird prove to the female that he has large and sturdy feet capable of providing protection to her and their offspring. A male bird with darker blue legs will have an added advantage in the eyes of the female bird and will be considered more desirable.
After securing his position with the female bird, the male bird spreads his wings wide to showcase his strength and ability to provide for their small family with luxurious meals. Next, he picks up a piece of straw as a gift for the female bird (in lieu of a grass ring).
After putting on a stunning show with his vibrant blue feet, the male bird awaits the approval of his potential mate. If she finds his performance satisfactory and takes a liking to his flashy feet, she’ll join in and they’ll dance together, creating a striking sight. Check out this high-definition clip capturing the unique and meticulous dance routine of this eccentric bird as he tries to win over his partner.
It would be a mistake to underestimate crazy birds and assume that they only know how to perch on a ship’s deck and wait to be captured. As the saying goes, “crazy can spread a mosquito net and lay out a mat.” This saying perfectly applies to these unconventional birds!