Red-billed Tropicbird

Common Names

Red-billed Tropicbird, Boatswain Bird, Lesser Red-billed Tropicbird

Distribution / Range

The tropicbird is found in tropical Alantic, eastern Pacific and Indian Oceans.  Vagrants have been reported as far as Great Britain and eastern Nova Scotia in Canada.

Description

This slender seabird measures about 48 cm in length, excluding the long central tail feathers.  The plumage is  mainly white bird, except for the black markings on the long wings. There is a black line through each eye.  The  bill is red.

Males and females look alike, although males generally have longer tails.

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Red-billed Tropicbird

Red-billed Tropicbird

Bill Shape
curved
Regions
alabama
arizona
atlanticcoast
baja california
california
cuba
florida
georgia
gulf coast
hawaii
louisiana
maine
massachusetts
mexico
new brunswick
new jersey
new york
north carolina
nova scotia
oregon
rhodeisland
south carolina
texas
virginia
washington
Tail Shape
pointed-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Habitat
Oceans
Color
white
Body Shape
gull
Size
large
Order
tropicbirds - phaethontidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern