White-tailed Tropicbird

Kingdom: Animalia     Phylum: Chordata     Class: Aves (Birds)     Order: Ciconiiformes     Family: Phaethontidae
White-tailed Tropicbird

White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus)

White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus) is a rare visitor in coastal regions of India.  Size: 39 cm.

Identification: Wingspan: 37 inches. Sexes similar. Pelagic bird only coming ashore to breed. Tern-sized bird with white head and body. Outer primaries black. Dark eye patch. Adult has long white tail streamers and yellow to orange bill. Immature lacks tail streamers.

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


Apodiformes Bucerotiformes Ciconiiformes  Columbiformes   Coraciiformes   Cuculiformes


Gruiformes Passeriformes Piciformes Psittaciformes Strigiformes Trogoniformes Turniciformes Upupiformes