Tropicbirds (Phaethontidae)

White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus) - HBW 1, p. 288

French: Phaéton à bec jaune German: Weißchwanz Tropikvogel Spanish: Rabijunco Menor
Other common names: Golden Bosunbird (fulvus); Yellow-billed Tropicbird

Taxonomy: Phaëton [sic] lepturus Daudin, 1802, Mauritius.
Recent opinion suggests races may be better considered merely colour morphs. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • lepturus Daudin, 1802 - Indian Ocean.
  • fulvus Brandt, 1840 - Christmas I (Indian Ocean).
  • dorotheae Mathews, 1913 - W Pacific.

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  • lepturus Daudin, 1802 - Indian Ocean.
  • fulvus Brandt, 1840 - Christmas I (Indian Ocean).
  • dorotheae Mathews, 1913 - W Pacific.
  • catesbyi Brandt, 1840 - Caribbean.
  • ascensionis (Mathews, 1915) - S & C Atlantic.
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