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Red-billed Tropicbird photo

Red-tailed Tropicbird (Susan Kaveggia/IBRRC)

Common name:

Red-tailed Tropicbird

Latin name:

Phaethon aethereus

Family:

Phaethontidae

Length:

18-36"

Wing span:

44"

Weight:

1.6 lbs (750 g)

Habitat:

Open ocean; nests on sea cliffs

Notes:

One of three species of tropicbirds that are oceanic and found far offshore in warm water. Rare visitor to waters off California.

Tropicbirds court each other with an aerial display and callings. They make their nests on ledges and in holes and crevices in the cliffs, and lay a single egg on the ground. Both parents share in incubation and in feeding of the chick.

 

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Source: The Sibley Guide to Birds, Knopf © 2000-2003  

 

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