Why are boobies called boobies? | Galapatours

Why are boobies called boobies?

One of our clients' most frequently asked questions

Why are boobies called boobies?

Why are boobies called boobies?

This is a question we get asked a lot! The name "booby" comes from a mishearing of the Spanish "bobo" - which means clumsy, or clown.

When you have experienced the delightful antics of the red-footed boobies and blue-footed boobies on your Galapatours cruise you will understand why "bobo" was a good name for these wonderful Galapagos native sea birds.