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White-tailed Tropicbird

White-tailed Tropicbird

Status: Least Concern
Classification: Birds
Scientific Name: Phaethon lepturus

White-tailed Tropicbird or Phaethon lepturus is the smallest seabird that belongs to the family of  Phaethontiformes. They can be found in some parts of Australia and other tropical countries. They usually seen in pairs. They catch their prey by diving into the water with their wings half folded. Small fish and squid are part of their diet.

White-tailed Tropicbird measures 81 cm (32 inches) in length including tail. White-tailed tropicbirds have white plumage, yellowish bill, black stripes in the eye and outer primaries. Their best feature is their long white tail streamers.

The White-tailed Tropicbird

White-tailed tropicbird has no specific habitat, they are pelagic and only comes ashore during breeding. incubation period is up to 40 days. Their existence was threatened due to hunting. 

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