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booby

booby, common name for some members of the family Sulidae, large, streamlined sea birds. Tropical and subtropical members of the family are called boobies; those of northern waters are called gannets. These birds have heavy bodies; long, pointed wings; long, wedge-shaped tails; and short, stout legs. They fish by diving on their prey from great heights and pursuing it underwater; air sacs under their skin cushion the impact with the water and provide buoyancy, as with pelicans. The masked (Sula dactylatra), red-footed (S. sula), and brown (S. leucogaster) boobies are found the world over; the Peruvian (S. variegata), blue-footed (S. nebouxii), and Nazca (S. granti) boobies, on the west coasts of the Americas; and the Abbott's booby (Papasula abbotti), in the Indian Ocean. The common gannet of the North Atlantic, Morus bassanus, breeds in the British Isles, in the Gaspé region of Canada, and on Bird Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. A Pacific gannet is one of the chief guano producers of the offshore islands of Peru. Gannets build crude nests of debris on narrow cliff ledges. The female lays a single egg, which she and the male incubate by covering it with their feet. Both gannets and boobies breed in colonies, some of which can be very large. Gannets have strong migration tendencies, while the boobies do not. The name booby is descriptive not only of the rather stupid facial expression of these birds, but also of their unwary, gullible behavior when hunted by humans—a factor that accounts for their diminishing numbers. Boobies and gannets are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Pelecaniformes, family Sulidae.
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gannet

any of several heavily built marine birds of the genus Morus (or Sula), having a long stout bill and typically white plumage with dark markings: family Sulidae, order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, cormorants, etc.)
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Now that their nesting colonies are being vacated, the gannets can occasionally be seen fishing in shallow waters, particularly south of Saltburn.
"But all ended well as the gannet took off back to the sky where it belonged."
"This panicked adult gannet struggled as it dangled from a cliff side, with ropes twisted around its neck like a hangman's noose," Mr Hobson said.
This tiny rock in the Irish Sea is home to the third largest colony of gannets in the UK, but sadly, tonnes of plastic waste ends up entangling many ill-fated gannets in their nests.
He said the three gannet newcomers were now regular visitors to the island and may yet set up a colony that could act as Nigel's legacy.
Connah's Quay nature reserve hosted 10 Spotted Redshanks and 16 Greenshanks, plus Arctic Terns, Gannets and Arctic Skua blown up the Dee estuary on north-westerly winds.
On January 1, HMS Gannet's search and rescue responsibilities ended when they handed over to contractors Bristow, who will operate 10 helicopter bases in the UK on behalf of the coastguard.
Populations of <Bthe seabird the gannet could face a much greater risk from offshore
This was a 43.4% decline over net income attributable to Gannet of USD104.56m, or USD0.44 per diluted share, in Q1 of 2013.
On presentation, the bird was aggressive, alert, responsive, and well hydrated and weighed 1.9 kg (adult gannet, reference interval, 2.47-3.61 kg).
Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team said it had been called to assist four climbers hit by an avalanche high on the mountain, along with a Royal Navy helicopter from HMS Gannet in Prestwick, Ayrshire.