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White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus

  • Order: Phaethontiformes
  • Family: Phaethontidae
  • Polytypic: 6 subspecies
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They are monogamous birds. Both parents incubate the eggs and care for the chicks. The nests are reused.

It nests in a variety of habitats, from sites in the dense rainforest until barren ground. The nest is placed on the ground in ridges of cliffs, crevices, caves, or sheltered by grasses or bush. Put 1 egg, white to pale buff, spotted with brown and purple. Incubation lasts between 40 - 42 days.

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: