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Tropicbird, Outer Banks, NC (1 Viewer)

delia todd

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I've been asked to confirm with you that this is, indeed, a Red-billed Tropicbird and not a White-tailed.

I understand it is/was unusual for a Red-billed to be so far north but it does appear to have a red bill.

It was originally identified as a White-tailed.

https://www.birdforum.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=367219

Cheers guys.
 
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delia todd

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Ooops:
If I say the wrong thing put it down to Senior Moments

Thanks Steve... sorry, I'll re-title the thread.
 

Muppit17

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I've been asked to confirm with you that this is, indeed, a Red-billed Tropicbird and not a White-tailed.

I understand it is/was unusual for a Red-billed to be so far north but it does appear to have a red bill.

It was originally identified as a White-tailed.

https://www.birdforum.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=367219

Cheers guys.

No question on the identity.

There is a good resource on seabirds on the outer banks and the offshore gulf stream (North Atlantic conveyor) here https://patteson.com/seabird-diversity/

Brian Patteson runs regular pelagics out of Hatteras. I am not sure they would say that Red-billed is that unusual, but certainly scarcer onshore.
 

delia todd

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Thanks very much for all that info Muppit.
 

Nutcracker

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A small box-filling error on the gallery page needs correcting; currently says:
Scientific Name: White-tailed tropicbird
Equipment: phaethon lepturus


Should of course read:
Scientific Name: Phaethon aetherus
Equipment: Camera
 

delia todd

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Thanks Michael, done.

Though it's Phaethon aethereus;)
 

jmepler

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There was a Red-billed Tropicbird reported at the salt pond just south of the lighthouse from May 24 through June 10, 2011. I would think that a bird that had been hanging around that general area for 18 days could have been there for longer. This picture was taken 19 days before the first report.

Red-billed has historically been much more common at Cape Hatteras than White-tailed as well.
 

Jeff Hopkins

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No question on the identity.

There is a good resource on seabirds on the outer banks and the offshore gulf stream (North Atlantic conveyor) here https://patteson.com/seabird-diversity/

Brian Patteson runs regular pelagics out of Hatteras. I am not sure they would say that Red-billed is that unusual, but certainly scarcer onshore.

I've been on about 8 pelagics out of the Outer Banks, both from Manteo and Hatteras. I've actually seen 3 different Red-billed Tropicbirds on those, including 2 on one trip.
 

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