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Least Concern Species
Status: Least Concern
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.
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.