- Phaethon lepturus
70-82 cm (27Â½-32Â¼ in) long (includes very long central tail feathers)
- White back
- Black band on inner wing upperside
- Black on outer primaries
- White primary coverts on upperside
- Black line through eye tends to turn down
- Yellow to red bill
Sexes are similar (males have a long tail)
Juvenile: lacks taill streamers
- Greenish-yellow bill
- Finely barred back
 Similar species
Red-billed Tropicbird and Red-tailed Tropicbird. Red-billed Tropicbird has black primary coverts on upperside and black eye line tends to turn up, not down.
The tropical Atlantic, western Pacific and Indian Oceans. They also breed on some Caribbean islands.
There are six subspecies:
- P. l. fulvus: the tropicbirds of this subspecies have a golden-yellow wash of varying degrees, giving them the local name of Golden Bosun (photo to right)
- Breeds islands in tropical Atlantic Ocean
Breeds on rocky island coasts, otherwise pelagic.
The single egg is laid on a cliff edge or on the ground in a sheltered scrape. The breed in loose colonies.
Their diet consists of small fish (especially flying fish) and squid, caught by diving.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Oct 2017)
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