- Red-tailed Tropicbird
name = Red-tailed Tropicbird
status = LC | status_system = IUCN3.1
image_caption = "Red-tailed Tropicbird"
phylum = Chordata
classis = Aves
familia = Phaethontidae
genus = "Phaethon"
species = "P. rubricauda"
binomial = "Phaethon rubricauda"
binomial_authority = Boddaert, 1783The Red-tailed Tropicbird, "Phaethon rubricauda," is a
seabirdthat nests across the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the rarest of the tropicbirds, yet is still a widespread bird that is not considered threatened. It nests in colonies on oceanic islands.
The Red-tailed Tropicbird looks like a stout
tern, and hence closely resembles the other two tropicbird species. It has generally white plumage, often with a pink tinge, a black crescent around the eye and a thin red tail feather. It has a bright red bill and black feet.
Behaviour and Range
Red-tailed Tropicbirds nest on oceanic islands in large colonies from the
Hawaiian Islandsto Easter Islandand across to Mauritius. They disperse widely after breeding, birds ringed in Hawaii have been recovered as far away as Japanand the Philippines. They range from the Red Seato New Zealandand Chile.
When breeding they mainly choose
coral atolls with low shrubs, nesting underneath them (or occasionally in limestonecavities. They feed offshore away from land, singly rather than in flocks. They are plunge-divers that feed on fish, mostly flying fish, and squid.
* Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
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