A small, delicate tern, is distinctive due to its pale plumage, with an all-grey head and upperparts and even paler white-grey underparts.
Largest of the boobies, adults are white with dark brown or black flight and tail feathers. Bill is yellow and feet are yellowish gray.
Red-footed boobies are the smallest of all boobies. Their legs and feet are red and the bill is pale blue.
The wings are long and narrow and the tail is deeply forked with white edged outer feathers. A black stripe runs through eye to bill.
The entire body is white with a black eye-ring creating the appearance of large eyes. The thick bill is mostly black with blue at the base.
Learn About the Monument
Seven national wildlife refuges are seemingly just dots near the equator of the Pacific Ocean, but upon a closer look these islands, reefs, and atolls are at the epicenter of Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, the largest marine conservation area in the world. These refuges host terrestrial and marine life in numbers and unique and specialized life forms beyond our imagination and they provide a safe haven for millions of birds and marine life that swarm to shallow areas and islands to rest, to feed, to mate, and to give life to their off-spring.The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument falls within the Central Pacific Ocean, ranging from Wake Atoll in the northwest to Jarvis Island in the southeast.Learn more
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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Protecting the Pacific's Natural and Cultural Heritage
Colonizing the islands was a harrowing experience that claimed the lives of three young men: Carl Kahalewai who died of appendicitis in 1938, and Joseph Keliihananui and Richard “Dickey” Whaley who were killed during an attack on the island on December 8, 1941.Learn more
Vast areas of the monument are Open Ocean, often thought of as aquatic deserts; they are in fact brimming with life.UnderH20 presents a glimpse at some of the thousands of species of other-worldly plants and animals found in the ocean’s water column.Watch the video
The coconut crab is the world’s largest terrestrial arthropod, growing up to one meter (39.3700787402 inches) across.
Last Updated: May 19, 2015