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Koa‘e ‘ula / Red-tailed Tropicbird

Phaethon rubricauda


The Red-tailed Tropicbird looks like a stout tern, and hence closely resembles the other two tropicbird species. It has generally white plumage, often with a pink tinge, a black crescent around the eye and a thin red tail feather. It has a bright red bill and black feet.


Spotted at the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kauai, Hawaii.

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Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Jul 1, 2005
Submitted on Apr 24, 2012

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