Tropicbirds (Phaethontidae)

Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) - HBW 1, p. 288

French: Phaéton à bec rouge German: Rotschnabel Tropikvogel Spanish: Rabijunco Etéreo

Taxonomy: Phaëthon aethereus Linnaeus, 1758, Ascension Island.
Race indicus sometimes considered separate species, but differences slight and separation does not appear justified. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • mesonauta Peters, 1930 - E Pacific, Caribbean and E Atlantic.
  • aethereus Linnaeus, 1758 - S Atlantic.
  • indicus Hume, 1876 - Persian Gulf, Gulf of Aden, Red Sea.

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