Order Phaethontiformes

Family Phaethontidae

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  • Medium-sized seabirds with long, narrow wings and central tail feathers elongated to form streamers.
  • Pantropical.
  • Tropical and subtropical oceans, largely pelagic.
  • 70-105 cm.
  • 1 genus, 3 species, 13 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Orta, J. & Bonan, A. (2019). Tropicbirds (Phaethontidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52197 on 10 December 2019).