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The White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus, is a tropicbird, smallest of three closely related seabirds of the tropical oceans and smallest member of the order Phaethontiformes. It occurs in the tropical Atlanticmarker, western Pacificmarker and Indian Oceansmarker. It also breeds on some Caribbeanmarker islands, and a few pairs have started nesting recently on Little Tobagomarker, joining the Red-billed Tropicbird colony. In addition to the tropical Atlantic, it nests as far north as Bermudamarker, where it is locally called a "Longtail".

The White-tailed Tropicbird breeds on tropical islands laying a single egg directly onto the ground or a cliff ledge. It disperses widely across the oceans when not breeding, and sometimes wanders far. It feeds on fish and squid, caught by surface plunging, but this species is a poor swimmer. The call is a high screamed keee-keee-krrrt-krrt-krrt.

The adult White-tailed Tropicbird is a slender, mainly white bird, 71–80 cm long including the very long central tail feathers, which double its total length. The wingspan is 89–96 cm, and there is a black band on the inner wing There is black through the eye and the bill is orange-yellow to orange red. The bill colour, pure white back and black wing bar distinguish this species from Red-billed.

Sexes are similar, although males average longer tailed, but juveniles lack the tail streamers, have a green-yellow bill, and a finely barred back.

There are six races:
  • P. l. lepturus—Indian Ocean
  • P. l. fulvus (Golden Bosun)—Christmas Islandmarker. This form has a golden wash to the white plumage
  • P. l. dorotheae—tropical Pacific
  • P. l. catesbyiBermudamarker and Caribbean
  • P. l. ascensionisAscension Islandmarker
  • P. l. europae - Europa Islandmarker, s. Mozambique Channel


  • Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern.

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