Brown Booby Sula leucogaster (Boddaert, 1783)Reviewable (MD/DCRC)  Synonyms: BRBO.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Aves   >   Order Suliformes   >   Family Sulidae   >   Genus Sula   

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This tropical seabird species is rare but rather suddenly increasing throughout temperate regions, almost certainly related to climate change. Maryland's first record came from July and August of 2009 on Assateague Island, just months after it was voted #6 most likely on a list of Maryland's Next 10 Bird Species (View). The first report was by Frode Jacobsen on 7/22/2009. Nat Donkin later photographed a bird on the north end of Assateague Island.

There are 27 records in the project database.

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A Brown Booby in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (8/8/2019). Photo by Emily Carter Mitchell. (MBP list)

Brown Boobies in Baltimore City, Maryland (9/24/2015). Photo by Matthew Addicks. (MBP list)

Brown Boobies in Baltimore City, Maryland (9/19/2015). Second Maryland record. Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A Brown Booby in Baltimore City, Maryland (9/21/2015). Photo by Nico Sarbanes. (MBP list)

Brown Boobies in Baltimore City, Maryland (9/20/2015). Photo by Ashley Bradford. (MBP list)

A Brown Booby in Baltimore City, Maryland (9/19/2015). Photo by Clive Harris. (MBP list)

A Brown Booby found off of Love Point in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (7/29/2018). Photo by Daniel Irons. (MBP list)

An adult Brown Booby in Baltimore City, Maryland (9/27/2015). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Brown Boobies in Baltimore City, Maryland (9/19/2015). Photo by Russ Ruffing. (MBP list)

A Brown Booby in Baltimore City, Maryland (9/19/2015). Photo by George Jett. (MBP list)

A Brown Booby in Baltimore City, Maryland (10/17/2017). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

A Brown Booby in flight over Baltimore Harbor, Baltimore City, Maryland (9/19/2015). Photo by Ryan Johnson. (MBP list)

A Brown Booby in flight over Baltimore Harbor, Baltimore City, Maryland (9/19/2015). Photo by Ryan Johnson. (MBP list)

A Brown Booby in Baltimore City, Maryland (9/19/2015). Photo by Matthew Addicks. (MBP list)

A Brown Booby in Baltimore City, Maryland (9/19/2015). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Brown Booby with evidence it is really in Baltimore Harbor, Maryland (9/20/2015). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

Although formal debate continues on whether these images confirm with certainty the ID of Brown Booby, this bird photographed by Frode Jacobsen on 7/22/2009 is widely regarded as the first record for Maryland. Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

Documenting Maryland's second record of Brown Booby in Baltimore City, Maryland (9/19/2015). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A Brown Booby in Baltimore City, Maryland (9/27/2015). Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

A Brown Booby at Fort Story, Virginia (8/6/2006). This sixth state record was found by Maryland birders Matt and Kim Hafner. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)


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