On the eastern Pacific Ocean to the Galapagos Islands and California, there is a tribe of happy feet making their way across the rigid rocks. In search for some attractive turquoise feet, these males wet their whistle in search for the most reproductively successful lady. In a clown like fashion, these blue footed booby birds strut their stuff, stomp,wave, and a shake some funny flippers to give the females a thrill.
The Blue Footed Booby Bird is a species of seabird that has evolved within the marine environment. These birds are a distinctive twist of evolution and an inherently great sense of rhythm. Although the ladies might think otherwise in some instances.
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This entertaining animal may think he’s wise in his execution for a date or night on the town with the local ladies, however at times his efforts seems to be more like an obnoxious and exhausting ordeal.The females may strut their stuff in a parade of elaborate twists and turns, but it’s the male who points his head to the sky, fans out his wings, and starts shaking his feet around like he’s at the roller rink doing the hokey poky.
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The male booby will also use a high-piping whistle noise and at times will whistle as the ladies passing by, as if on an afternoon stroll with his buddies and he spots something to his liking.
These wise, and yet somewhat clumsy blue footed booby males, have been said to be monogamous for the most part. Yet, it’s not all surprising to see the males spread their wings and take on more than one lady during the breeding season. They are quite opportunistic in orientation, and they typically keep their exploits to themselves when they are involved with more than one female.
So what exactly does this have to do with blue feet? Hey, it doesn’t hurt to have some colorful, floppy blue feet to shake around in a clown like fashion. The ladies do like a comedian from time to time. However, it’s much more scientific than you think, rather than just a pigmentation of the skin.
The color of the males feet depends solely on their food intake. When they are deprived of nutrients their feet are duller in color, and when they have consumed large amounts of fresh fish the feet are much brighter in coloration. This is extremely important when it comes to mate selection. Females take into account the foot color when they have produced their first egg. If they notice that the males foot color has become duller than before, they will resist the temptation of staying with that male, feeling that their offspring will suffer in the end. It’s an enormous reproductive investment for the females, and at any time, they may fine tune their choices a bit to produce the most successful children.
Sexual selection of females by males is very much the same way. The brighter the feet, the healthier the female, therefore reproduction will be a success. Some of the males quite possibly will look at the size of the feet to determine if that female is right for them. Oh…… how the tables have turned.
It’s odd in fact that the males don’t take into account the health of the females when looking at their feet. They are visual creatures and attractiveness and compatibility is of great importance when choosing a mate. Sound at all familiar?