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Masked Booby Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Sula dactylatra
Family : Sulidae
Order : Suliformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Our Coast
Description : Masked Booby has large robust body. This bird prefers coastal area. Adult bird has white feathers, black mask around face. Tip of the tail feathers are black in color. Juvenile has brown head, neck and upperparts, with whitish collar and whitish scaling on upperparts.The masked booby typically soars at a minimum altitude of 7 meters (23 feet) while reaching speeds of up to 70 kilometers per hour (43 miles per hour). Its flight pattern involves a combination of gliding and active flying, with regular and forceful flapping of its wings. This seabird is commonly observed flying solo, or occasionally in small clusters, as it returns to its breeding colony.Masked Boobies typically lay one or two eggs in a shallow depression on the ground, which the males often adorn with decorative materials. For instance, a specific nest was found to contain 988 pebbles or coral pieces, 155 shell fragments, 10 bird bones, and a single piece of wood.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Grimmett et al, 2011, Birds of the Indian Subcontinent, Oxford University Press, India, taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;photo credit: john_barkla(www.inaturalist.org/people/john_barkla),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;Daniel Danckwertsmore information, please contact us.