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White-tailed Tropicbird

Phaethon lepturus


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.


ground, cliff ledge


A really beautiful bird and an emblem here.

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Saint-Denis, La Réunion, Reunion

Spotted on Jul 23, 2011
Submitted on Sep 20, 2011

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