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MASKED BOOBY (Sula dactylatra)
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Masked boobies

The largest seabird to breed at Lord Howe Island, the subspecies found here Sula dactylatra subspecies fullageri is also found breeding at Norfolk and Kermadec Islands.

Being such a large bird, these boobies breed on open grassy areas where they can take off and lanmd with ease. These areas are the offshore islets, and also Muttonbird Point and King point on the main Lord Howe Island.

Length: 87cm; wingspan 170cm; weight 2200gm. 

Food for the Maslked booby is large squid and flying fish, and the adults can carry up to 700gms food in its stomach, back to the chick at the nest.

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