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  Tropicbird identification
These tropicbirds are, respectively, two Red-tailed Tropicbirds (upper two photos; lefthand bird is quite young and tailless but is out of juvenal plumage), an adult White-tailed Tropicbird (center) and an adult Red-billed Tropicbird (bottom).
Please note, however, the fl-centered tertials on the big Red-tailed Tropicbird (righthand bird) are conspicuous on this mostly white bird.
This pattern is similar to other juvenal tropicbirds, but this bird is easily identified as a Red-tailed because of its all-white flight feathers (remiges) and because of its disproportionately big bill.
www.montereybay.com /creagrus/tropicbd-id.html   (1398 words)

  Tropicbird - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tropicbirds are predominately white with elongated central tail feathers.
The Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus occurs in the tropical Atlantic, eastern Pacific, and Indian oceans.
Tropicbirds tend to avoid multi-species feeding flocks as opposed to their sister Frigatebirds.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Tropicbird   (550 words)

 Red-Billed Tropicbird
Tropicbirds, the smallest of the pelecaniformes belong to the family Phaethontidae which contains one genus, Phaethon, and three species.
In Galapagos it is not uncommon to see them soaring along the cliffs where they make their nests, on islands such as South Plaza, Espanola, Genovesa, and N.
Tropicbirds are striking birds, with a vivid, white body, fl wing edges and eye stripe, red bill, and two long, streaming tail feathers.
www.rit.edu /~rhrsbi/GalapagosPages/TropicBird.html   (215 words)

 PBS - The Voyage of the Odyssey - Track the Voyage - MALDIVES
Tropicbirds are a favorite of the crew and are among the most beautiful and graceful of seabirds.
There are three species of tropicbird, the white-tailed tropicbird, the red-tailed tropicbird and the red-billed tropicbird, which as their name suggests, frequent the tropical and sub-tropical latitudes of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
Tropicbirds are mainly pelagic, feeding on flying fish and squid, in fact, they are so well adapted to life at sea, they are barely able to walk on land.
www.pbs.org /odyssey/odyssey/20040430_log_transcript.html   (1255 words)

 Sea Saba Dive Center Netherlands Antilles Dutch, Caribbean, Birding, Tropicbirds Research, Martha Walsh McGhee, ...
In the meantime, she has undertaken an on-going study of the Red-billed Tropicbird.
After many a dawn start, hair raising cliff walking, bird bites and twisted ankles, the team feels rewarded for their efforts with what may be scientific proof of McGehee's original hypotheses.
Her study shows that Red-billed Tropicbirds leave the nest at the young age of 85 days and go off to sea for 4-5 years and they do not land except to rest on the ocean surface.
www.seasaba.com /TargetPages/Birding.htm   (728 words)

 Bird Island - Seychelles
The Tropicbird is a fairly large bird with a wingspan up to 95cm.
On Bird Island, the accidental introduction of rats which predated on both eggs and young, and the loss of their preferred habitat due to coastal erosion in the late '80's and early '90's led to a decline in their numbers.
Here on the island, the Tropicbirds preferred nesting spot is on the ground amongst the buttress roots of the Casuarina trees.
www.birdislandseychelles.com /conservation_birds_ongoingTB.html   (350 words)

 Red-billed Tropicbird - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Red-billed Tropicbird, Phaethon aethereus, is a tropicbird, one of three closely related seabirds of tropical oceans.
The Indian Ocean race of the Red-billed Tropicbird, P.
The Red-billed Tropicbird breeds on tropical islands laying a single egg directly onto the ground or a cliff ledge.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Red-billed_Tropicbird   (213 words)

 Nearctica - Natural History - Birds of Eastern North America - White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus)
Habitat: The White-tailed Tropicbird is primarily an oceanic bird outside of the breeding season.
Behavior: The White-tailed Tropicbird is pelagic exercising graceful dives while hunting for fish.
The egg is laid on bare ground or ina rocky crevice.
www.nearctica.com /birds/pelican/Pleptur.htm   (158 words)

 Midway Atoll - A Birder Visits - Red-tailed Tropicbird   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The White-tailed Tropicbird breeds on Eastern Island and the weekly refuge tour does not go near the area where they nest so we did not see them on our trip.
Tropicbirds nest on the ground close to the trunk of a tree.
Most of the Red-tailed Tropicbirds seemed to be on nest during our April visit.
www.neseabirds.com /Midway/tropicbird.htm   (204 words)

 Red-tailed Tropicbird
In 1984, about 5,000 nesting pairs were estimated to breed on all three islands of Midway Atoll, the largest nesting population within the Hawaiian islands.
Red-tailed Tropicbirds nest in the Hawaiian Islands and disperse widely in tropical and subtropical areas of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Usually feeding during the day, Red-tailed Tropicbirds are solitary feeders and rarely fish within sight of land.
www.fws.gov /midway/wildlife/rttr.html   (378 words)

 Midway Birds and Wildlife Photography & Eco Tours
Red-tailed tropicbird: January is the beginning of courtship for early season nesters.
Red-tailed tropicbird: Some eggs are still being laid and incubated, but most chicks have hatched and are growing.
Red-tailed tropicbird: More of the early chicks are fledging, but a few eggs may be laid in renesting attempts.
www.fishdive.com /midway/Wildlife/wildlife.html   (1741 words)

 red-billed tropicbirds
There are three varieties of tropicbird in the world, none of which are seen often by people.
When I came across this tropicbird stumbling along the ground, I was sure that it was severely injured.
The tropicbirds soared and banked effortlessly in the ocean breezes.
www.richard-seaman.com /Birds/Tobago/LittleTobago/RedBilledTropicbirds   (157 words)

 Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Red-billed Tropicbirds are regular visitors to the United States but they do not nest here.
The tropicbirds were investigating nest sites along the top edge of the cliff and would sometimes pass quite close to us allowing me to get a number of nice shots.
This is a photo of a one-day old tropicbird chick.
www.greglasley.net /rbtropic.html   (446 words)

 B-Mail(sm): ID-FRONTIERS for June 23-30, 2002
In this population, however, about 7% of birds are white, and golden-colored birds of varying intensity are known from nearly throughout the range of the species, suggesting this might only be a color morph predominating and most intense in the fulvus populations.
It is presumed that the only subspecies of White-tailed Tropicbird in the western North Atlantic Ocean is the one nesting at Bermuda and in the Caribbean, Phaethon lepturus catesbyi.
White-tailed Tropicbirds breeding at Fernando de Noronha, Ascension Island, and on islands in the Gulf of Guinea, Africa, are designated P. l.
www.virtualbirder.com /bmail/idfrontiers/200206/w4   (2694 words)

 RedOrbit - Reference Library   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda) is a seabird that nests across the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Even though it is the rarest of the tropicbirds, it is widespread and not considered threatened.
Red-tailed Tropicbirds build their nests on oceanic islands in large colonies from the Hawaiian Islands to Easter Island and across to Mauritius.
www.redorbit.com /education/reference_library?article_id=537   (199 words)

 Red-billed Tropicbird - Photo by Ted Cross
Sometimes referred to as “Bosun-birds” due to their shrill calls likened to a boatswain’s pipe, the Red-billed Tropicbird is found in tropical and subtropical regions of the Atlantic Ocean, Persian Gulf, Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, and Eastern Pacific Ocean.
A powerful flyer, Red-billed Tropicbirds use forceful, rapid wing beats, and have a high capacity for sustained flight.
Tropicbird courtship displays are aerial and very noisy.
www.absc.usgs.gov /research/seabird_foragefish/photogallery/Picture_of_Month/Oct05-RBTR/Oct05-RBTB.html   (196 words)

 New Zealand bird, Amokura, the red-tailed tropicbird, Phaethon rubricauda   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The red-tailed tropicbird, which the sailor calls the bo’s’n–bird and the Polynesians the amokura, or atavaké, is one of the more beautiful birds of the mid-Pacific.
The birds are more pelagic than other tropicbirds and are often seen far from land.
According to Elsdon Best, the Amokura, the red-tailed tropicbird, was indeed a prize to the Maori of old, so high a value did he set on its long red tail-feathers.
www.nzbirds.com /birds/amokura.html   (594 words)

 Tropicbird: Encyclopedia topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The three tropicbirds are closely related seabird (seabird: A bird that frequents coastal waters and the open ocean: gulls; pelicans; gannets; cormorants; albatrosses; petrels; etc.) s of tropical oceans.
Red-tailed Tropicbird (Red-tailed Tropicbird: more facts about this subject) occurs in the Indian Ocean and the western and central tropical Pacific.
White-tailed Tropicbird is widespread in tropical waters, except in the eastern Pacific.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /reference/tropicbird   (428 words)

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