Tropicbirds (Phaethontidae)

Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda) - HBW 1, p. 288

French: Phaéton à brins rouges German: Rotschwanz Tropikvogel Spanish: Rabijunco Colirrojo
Other common names: Silver Bosunbird

Taxonomy: Phaeton [sic] rubricauda Boddaert, 1783, Mauritius.
Birds of C Pacific sometimes placed in separate race rothschildi. Recent work indicates that races form a N S cline, and that species should probably be considered monotypic. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • rubricauda Boddaert, 1783 - W Indian Ocean.
  • westralis Mathews, 1912 - E Indian Ocean.
  • roseotincta (Mathews, 1926) - SW Pacific.
  • melanorhynchus Gmelin, 1789 - W, C & S Pacific.