White-tailed Tropicbird

About the White-tailed Tropicbird

Also known as: Long-tailed Tropicbird, Yellow-billed Tropicbird

The White-tailed Tropicbird is a species of seabird that occurs on tropical waters. In the Americas, it breeds on islands in the Caribbean.

White-tailed Tropicbirds feed mostly on fish and squid. They dive into the water for prey, but may also take flying fish on the wing.

Although the population trend for the White-tailed Tropicbird is decreasing, the global conservation status is Least Concern as of September 2013.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 05 October 2013
Scientific Name
Phaethon lepturus
  • Phaethontiformes
  • Phaethontidae
  • Phaethon
  • P. lepturus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
28 to 31.5 inches
35 to 37.8 inches
10.6 ounces

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Rabo-de-palha-de-bico-laranja
Chinese (汉语) 白尾鹲
Czech (Cesky) faeton žlutozobý
Danish (Dansk) Hvidhalet Tropikfugl
Dutch (Nederlands) Witstaartkeerkringvogel
Finnish (Suomi) pikkutropiikkilintu
French (Français) Phaéton à bec jaune
German (Deutsch) Weißschwanz-Tropikvogel
Italian (Italiano) Fetone beccogiallo
Japanese (日本語) シラオネッタイチョウ [shiraonettaichou]
Norwegian (Norsk) Småtropikkfugl
Polish (Polski) faeton zóltodzioby
Russian (русский язык) Белохвостый фаэтон
Spanish (Español) Rabijunco Menor
Swedish (Svenska) Vitstjärtad tropikfågel
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