White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus

  • Order: Phaethontiformes
  • Family: Phaethontidae
  • Polytypic: 6 subspecies
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Behavior

Locates its prey from the air and then by making deep vertical plunge dives into water from air for prey, catching it in its bill, and then swallowing it under water or on surface. It does not follow boats.

Social and interspecific behavior

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Recommended Citation

White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/whttro