Brown Booby (species: Sula leucogaster) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Sula leucogaster
Brown Booby

©Anne Hoggett: Brown Booby near Day Reef

©Anne Hoggett: Sula leucogaster at Jewell Reef near Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Sula leucogaster at Jewell Reef near Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Suliformes
Family Sulidae
Genus Sula
Species Sula leucogaster
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

This is the common booby in the Lizard Island area. Adults are brown above and on the breast, sharply demarcated from white underparts.


  • Up to 75 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Blaber, S.J.M., D.A. Milton, M.J. Farmer and G.C. Smith (1998). Seabird breeding populations on the far northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia: Trends and influences, Emu, 98: 44-57. LIRS catalog number 662.
  • Domm, S. (1977). Sea birds and waders of the Lizard Island area, The Sunbird, 8: 1-8. LIRS catalog number 4.
  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (1996). Field Guide to the Birds of Australia: Fifth Edition Penguin Books, Australia.
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