Masked Booby

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Masked Booby

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アオツラカツオドリ
Character Data
Romaji Aotsura Katsuodori
Debut Kemono Friends Pavilion
Animal Data
Scientific Name Sula dactylatra
Distribution Worldwide
Diet Piscivore
Avg. Lifespan 15-20 Years
Read More Masked booby
Conservation Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
Masked Booby Pavilion KF3 Gallery

“I’m a booby… Masked Booby… … I have heard… someone… with this similar figure as mine… said something… like that…”
Masked Booby's introduction

Masked Booby is a type of avian Friend announced during the press release following the conclusion of the Kemono Friends anime. She has since been featured in Kemono Friends Pavilion.

Appearance

Masked Booby's hair is styled in a bob which is deceptively similar in appearance to a hood. Her bangs are colored blue-gray, save for a long lock of golden hair which falls between her eyes, representing a beak. White wings with black tips protrude from either side of her head, matching the plumage of her tail. Her eyes, like the strands of hair that form her "beak", are gold.

She wears a white sweater over top of a collared shirt and tie, both of which also being white in coloration. Her tattered miniskirt would also be all-white, were it not for its black tips which match the plumage of her wings and tail. The booby wears white shorts under her skirt, and underneath them, sky blue leggings. A pair of gray-blue loafers complete her well-covered outfit.

Series Appearances

Appearances In Kemono Friends Media
Media Role
2018Kemono Friends Pavilion Observable character
2018Kemono Friends Festival Minor character, playable character
2019Kemono Friends 3 Major character, playable character
2019Kemono Friends 3: Planet Tours Photo illustration

In Real Life

Masked Booby in Midway Atoll, Eastern Island. Photo by Forest & Kim Starr, 2008.

The Masked Booby is a large seabird that is found in tropical areas around the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. This includes places such as Middle and South America, Hawai'i, and small islands around Australia and Indonesia. They prefer small, flat islands with little-to-no trees, and usually nest in cliffs and places where it's easy to take off, but only when there's deep water nearby. Their wingspan is usually about 150 centimeters/5 feet wide.

Masked Boobies usually nest colonially, digging holes in the ground instead of creating a structure. Most individuals return to the same site they were born at to breed annually. Their mating rituals can be very intricate, with the male doing combinations of stretching his neck, whistling, pacing, "parading," and presenting gifts such as rocks and feathers. Masked Boobies do not have brood patches, so they incubate eggs with their feet. Only 1-2 eggs are laid per season and the offspring are independent within 2 months of hatching, but the firstborn chick will usually kick its sibling out of the nest.

Males and females can be hard to tell apart because of similar plumage, but females tend to be slightly larger and heavier. In addition, the voice of a male is more like a whistle, while the female sounds more like a honk. Juveniles are sometimes mistaken for Northern Gannets because their plumage is gray with white underparts; their adult coloration only starts to appear in their fourth year.

References

https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Sula_dactylatra/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masked_booby

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