06/09/2023
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Red-footed Booby confirmed as nesting in Cape Verde

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A new species of breeding bird for Cape Verde has been confirmed from the island of Raso.

A nest of Red-footed Booby was recently discovered by Biosfera Cabo Verde researchers working on the uninhabited island, with an adult observed incubating a single egg.

Red-footed Boobies have been observed regularly on Raso for a decade and some sizeable counts have been made (such as 40 in September 2017), but until now breeding had not been documented.


A researcher monitors an adult Red-footed Booby at its nest on Raso (Biosfera Cabo Verde).

As well as the eponymous Raso Lark, the island supports good numbers of breeding seabirds including a large colony of Brown Boobies.

Other seabird species nesting on the island include Cape Verde Shearwater, Boyd's Shearwaters, Cape Verde Storm Petrel, Bulwer's Petrel and Red-billed Tropicbird, while Osprey and Iago Sparrow also breed.