Real World Gardener 31st January 2018

February 11th, 2018


Sula leucogaster Brown Booby

It’s not just seagulls that frequent our shores but Australia is home to one of the world’s most spectacular divers.

This bird is seen around harbours, river mouths and the like where they are partial to roosting on moored boats, channel markers and other structures.

I'm talking with Dr Holly Parsons, Manager of


Brown Booby

Let’s find out about it .



Their flight is fairly distinctive - alternating between a few flaps and a glide, often low over the water. 

Did you know that the Brown Booby can accelerate up to 90 kph?

The booby’s sleek and velvety profile serves a double purpose, for not only is it aerodynamically adapted for speed in the air, but it is also aquadynamically adapted for swiftly penetrating the surface waters of the ocean.

"In Australia, the Brown Booby is found from Bedout Island in Western Australia, around the coast of the Northern Territory to the Bunker Group of islands in Queensland with occasional reports further south in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria (Marchant & Higgins 1990). The species is reported further south to Tweed Heads, NSW, and to near Onslow, Western Australia and may be becoming more common in these areas." (ref Birds in Backyards.)

If you have any questions about the Brown Booby, either for me or for Holly or have some information to share, why not drop us a line to or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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