Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Tropicbirds :: White-tailed Tropicbird

White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus

Described by: Daudin (1802)
Alternate common name(s): Yellow-billed Tropicbird, Long-tailed Tropicbird
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors


Wailua, Kauai Island, Hawaii, USA - Apr 3, 2005 © William Hull  Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda - Mar 25, 2003 © Glen Tepke  Bermuda - Jul 5, 2006 © Glen Tepke  Bermuda - Jul 5, 2006 © Glen Tepke  Seychelles - Aug, 2001 © Giuliano Gerra and Silvio Sommazzi 
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W. Indian Ocean e. through the c. Pacific Ocean; Caribbean Sea and nc. Atlantic Ocean; C. Atlantic Ocean;
Three populations;
(1) N. and nw. Madagascar (Antsiranana, Nosy Be, Nosy Tanikely, Nosy Mitsio), Diego Suarez, Comoro, Aldabra, Seychelles, Mascarenes (Mauritius and Reunion), Chagos, Maldives, Andaman, Cocos-Keeling Is.
(2) Christmas and on Pulau Nusa Penida and probably Ulu Watu off Bali.
(3) Hawaiian (Kauai often at Waimea Canyon, Oahu, Maui, Hawaii often at Kilauea Crater), Christmas, Austral, Fiji, Marquesas, Samoan, Society, Tonga (Eau Is.), Cook, Tuamotu Is., New Caledonia (Walpole Is.), Vanuatu (Monument Rock in Shepherd Group), Malo, Bonin and Volcano Is.
(4) Bermuda, West Indies (Bahamas, Great Abaco (Little Harbor, Great Guana, Tilloo Cays), Greater Antilles and Is. off Tobago).
(5) Fernando de Noronha, Ascension, Sao Tome, Fernando Po Is.
Disperses to se. United States sometimes as far n. as Nova Scotia, e. Guatemala, Brazil (Bahia), Gulf of Guinea, Somalia to ne. South Africa (Natal), Sri Lanka, w. Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sundas, Borneo, Sulawesi, Moluccas, New Guinea, Philippines as far n. as Japan and s. to n. Australia (nw. Western Australia, e. Queensland along the Barrier Reef off Cairns and off Brisbane and New South Wales off Wollongong) and New Zealand.
North America n. of the Mexican border
Summer: FLA (Dry Tortugas, Florida Keys and off the Atlantic coast in the Gulf Stream), GEO, SCA, NCA (Cape Hatteras), VIR, MYD.


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Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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