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White-tailed Tropicbird

by | Jun 14, 2022

* White-tailed Tropicbird  Phaethon lepturus

Texas Coastal / Offshore Status: One Documented Record,, 3 July 2010, Padres Island National Seashore. Bird was injured/sick, recovered at rehab facility and released.

Similar Species: Red-billed Tropicbird can be distinguished from White-tailed Tropicbird in both adults and juvenile plumage by having black primary coverts. Compared to juvenile White-tailed, juvenile Red-billed also has an eyeline that meets behind the nape and a more finely barred back.

Never Seen on Texas Pelagic trip. Accidental in Texas.
* Texas Review Species, requiring written or photographic documentation to TBRC. 

Seasonal Occurrence Graph

Texas Pelagics Sightings Distribution

This map shows the geographic distribution of White-tailed Tropicbird found in Offshore Texas (and Gulf of Mexico)
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