Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus)

Order: Pelecaniformes | Family: Phaethontidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. No Data

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. No Data

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. El Valle, Panama

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. No Data


Identification & Behavior: ~48 cm (18.8 in). The Red-billed Tropicbird is mainly white with fine black barring on the back. It has long wings with black markings on the flight feathers, two long central tail feathers, and a black stripe through the eyes. Sexes are similar. Juveniles lack the tail streamers and have grayer-backs. It is graceful in flight, but clumsy on the ground. Usually seen alone. Similar to Red-tailed Tropicbird.

Status: The Red-billed Tropicbird is a rare bird in Peru. It is found in all tropical regions of the eastern Pacific, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic, Red Sea, Persian Gulf, and the Indian Ocean.  Highly pelagic and never approaches littoral zones. 

Name in Spanish: Ave del Trópico de Pico Rojo.

Sub-species: Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus mesonauta) J. L. Peters, 1930.

Meaning of Name:  Phaethon: Gr Myth Phaëthon, son of  King Phoebus. aethereus: L. of the air. King of the air.

See more of the Family Phaethontidae   peru aves

Distribution Mapred-billed_tropicbird - Voice


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