(Last Updated on : 31/08/2015)
Red-tailed tropicbird with a scientific name "Phaethon rubricauda
" is a seabird that nests across the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean.
Concentration of Red-Tailed Tropicbird
Red-tailed tropicbird nests in colonies on oceanic islands. The species is also known by its Maori name, amokura.
Structure of Red-Tailed Tropicbird
Red-tailed tropicbird looks like a stout tern, and hence closely resembles the other two tropicbird species. It has generally white plumage, often with a pink tinge, a black crescent around the eye and a thin red tail feather. It has a bright red bill and black feet.
Nests of Red-Tailed Tropicbird
Red-tailed tropicbird nests on the oceanic island regions in large colonies from the Hawaiian Islands to Easter Island and then they cross to Mauritius and the Reunion Island. In Madagascar they nest on the tiny island of Nosy Ve. In Australia, Red-tailed tropicbird nest on Queensland's coral islands including Lady Elliot Island and islands off Western Australia. They disperse widely after breeding; birds ringed in Hawaii have been recovered as far away as Japan and the Philippines. They range from the Red Sea to New Zealand and Chile.
Breeding of Red-Tailed Tropicbird
Red-tailed tropicbirds mainly choose coral atolls with low shrubs to build their nests. Red-tailed tropicbird is nesting underneath them or occasionally in limestone cavities.
Feedings of Red-Tailed Tropicbird
Feed offshore away from land, singly rather than in flocks. They are plunge-divers that feed on fish, mostly flying fish, and squid.
Migration of Red-Tailed Tropicbird
The strong winds of Red-tailed tropicbird can blow them inland on occasions, which explain some sighting records away from the coast and their preferred habitats.
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