The red-billed tropicbird is a seabird, one of three species in the
family Phaethontidae. Resembling a tern, it has mostly white plumage
with some black markings on the wings and back, a black mask and a red
bill. Most adults have tail streamers that are about two times their
body length, and generally longer in males than in females. Described by
Carl Linnaeus in his 10th edition of Systema Naturae (1758), this
species ranges across the Indian Ocean, the tropical Atlantic, and the
eastern Pacific. Nesting takes place in loose colonies. A single egg is
laid, and incubated by both sexes for about six weeks. After a chick
fledges, the parents will usually stop visiting the nest and the chick
will leave. Red-billed tropicbirds of all ages feed on fish and squid,
catching them by diving from the air into the water. The birds sometimes
follow surface-feeding predators that drive prey to the surface, where
they can be seized.
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