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Red-tailed tropicbird

Phaethon rubricauda


The red-tailed tropicbird looks like a large tern, with its unique long red tail feather. It has generally white plumage, a black crescent around the eye and a thin red tail feather. It has a red bill and black feet.


In Australia, many of thes birds nest on Queensland's coral islands (including Lady Elliot Island) and islands off Western Australia. This bird was photographed on Lord Howe Island, in Northern NSW.

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Steve A
Steve A 9 years ago

@Ingrid3 @armadeus.4 Thanks for your positive comments. As we arrived at the top of the cliff a few Tropicbirds came over to check us out allowing some nice close-up work.

Ingrid3 9 years ago

niffty view!

armadeus.4 9 years ago

Great pic Steve! Thank you for sharing :)

Steve A
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Steve A

Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Jan 24, 2015
Submitted on Feb 14, 2015

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