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A Red-Footed Booby (Sula sula rubripes) glides on the updrafts created by the steep basalt cliffs of the cove adjacent to Kilauea Point, north Kaua'i. The boobies at Kīlauea Point are a white color morph. Adult birds have a white body and tail plumage. Upper wings have black primary and greater secondary coverts. This species is seen year-round at Kilauea Point. Approximately 1,400 to 2,500 pairs nest at the refuge annually. Feeds by diving vertically into the water (rarely within the sight of land). May dive up to 10 meters to pursue prey, which is primarily flying fish and squid.

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