Red-billed Tropicbird

Kingdom: Animalia      Phylum: Chordata     Class: Aves (Birds)     Order: Ciconiiformes     Family: Phaethontidae

Red-billed Tropicbird

Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) - photo by Greg Lasley

Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus)  is a scarce visitor in coastal regions of India.

Identification: Size 48 cm. Wingspan: 44 inches. Sexes similar. Pelagic bird only coming ashore to breed. Tern-sized bird with white head and body. Finely barred back. Outer primaries black. Dark eye patch sometimes extends across nape. Adult birds have long white tail streamers and red bill. Immature birds lack tail streamers and have yellow bill.

Similar species: Adult Red-billed Tropicbird is larger than White-tailed Tropicbird with a slower wingbeat and lacks black patches on upperwing. Immature Red-billed has less distinct barring on the back. Adult Red-tailed Tropicbird lacks barring on the back. Immature Red-tailed has less black on the nape and in the primaries.


Apodiformes Bucerotiformes Ciconiiformes  Columbiformes   Coraciiformes   Cuculiformes


Gruiformes Passeriformes Piciformes Psittaciformes Strigiformes Trogoniformes Turniciformes Upupiformes