Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda)

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

red-tailed tropicbird
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Hawai Islands

red-tailed tropicbird
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Midway Atoll

red-tailed tropicbird
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown |Loc. Madagascar

red-tailed tropicbird
Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Madagascar


Identification & Behavior: ~79.5 cm (31.2 in). The Red-tailed Tropicbird is mostly white. Seen from above, it shows black markings on the lower tertials. It has a reduced stripe through the eye, a bright red bill, and two long red central tail feathers. Some adults have a rosy tinge to them. Juveniles lack the long red streamers, have a dark bill, and a heavily barred back and wings. It is structurally similar to Red-billed Tropicbird.

Status: The Red-tailed Tropicbird is widespread in tropical ocean waters. It is highly pelagic and considered an accidental species in Peru. A single sight record comes from off the coast of Tacna.

Name in Spanish: Ave del Tropico de Cola Roja.

Sub-species: Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda) Boddaert, 1783.

Meaning of Name:  Phaethon: Gr Myth Phaëthon, son of  King Phoebus. rubricauda: L. rubri=red, cauda=tail. King of the Air with a red tail.

See more of the Family Phaethonidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
red-tailed tropicbird - Phaethon rubricaudaVoice


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