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Tropicbird, Red-billed

  


Name: Tropicbird, Red-billed

Scientific name: Phaethon aethereus

Type: Tropicbird

Color: Black,White

Habitat: Coast,Ocean,Water

Size: 48cm




Conservation status:

Rare Resident Breeder


Description:

Unlikely to be confused with any other sea bird in the Middle East. Plump-bodied, white with long white-tail streamers and red bill. White plumage is relieved by black eye-stripe, black outer primaries and narrow black barring on upperparts and coverts. Juvenile lacks tail streamers, has black-tipped tail, yellow bill and blackish collar. Flight is direct with fast wing-beats, interspersed with glides on horizontally held wings, usually fairly high.




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