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
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.Fact Sheet
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.
Learn more about the NWRS
- July 23, 2014
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will host a Town Hall meeting on the possible expansion of the protections of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the south-central Pacific Ocean. The Town Hall discussion will be held on August 11 at the Ala Moana Hotel, Carnation Room, 410 Atkinson Drive Honolulu, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. If you are unable to attend the Town Hall meeting and would like to comment, please send your comments to PRI@noaa.gov no later than August 15.
- September 25, 2014
In September 2014 the Obama administration announced the creation of the largest marine reserve in the world by expanding an existing monument around U.S.-controlled islands and atolls in the central Pacific.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
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
The coconut crab is the world’s largest terrestrial arthropod, growing up to one meter (39.3700787402 inches) across.
Last Updated: Feb 23, 2015