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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Tropic-birds

Scientific system: Clements et al.

Familia: Phaethontidae

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The family of Tropicbirds occurs on all tropical oceans. With a length of 41 cm to 48 cm, they belong to the medium-sized birds. They have long, pointed wings and a wedge-shaped tail, the central feathers of which are greatly elongated. The legs are very short, the feet are webbed. The head is large with a strong, slightly curved bill. They fly quickly and pounce on small fish and octopus out of the air. They nest in large, heavily populated colonies on the ground or in a crevice. The young are altricial, are fed by both parents and only fledged after up to 15 weeks.

Phaethon

     lepturus - White-tailed Tropicbird (4)
     aethereus - Red-billed Tropicbird (11)
     rubricauda - Red-tailed Tropicbird (3)

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