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  White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus)





White-tailed Tropicbird | Phaethon lepturus photo
White-tailed Tropicbird in flight

Image by Dunog - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)



BIRD FACTS

Description
Tropicbirds look like large terns with strong down-curved bills. They have short legs set far back - this makes them shuffle on their belly when on land. The White-tailed Tropicbird is white with long flexible tail streamers (the central two feathers). It has a black comma-shaped eyebrow and the lower half of the wings are black. Immatures are mottled and barred black with cream bill.

Other Names
Bosunbird

Size
63cm - 81cm including 40cm tail

Habitat
oceans, oceanic islands and coasts

Food
dives like a Gannet for fish and squid

Breeding
Breeds in tropical pacific, but not Australia

Range
occasional visitor to coast of north Queensland



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Pelecaniformes
Family:Phaethontidae
Genus:Phaethon
Species:lepturus
Common Name:White-tailed Tropicbird

Relatives in same Genus
  Red-tailed Tropicbird (P. rubricauda)