Red-billed Tropicbird

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Red-billed Tropicbird
Phaethon aethereus Little Tobago.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Phaethontiformes
Family: Phaethontidae
Genus: Phaethon
Species: P. aethereus
Binomial name
Phaethon aethereus
Linnaeus, 1758
Phaethon aethereus

The Red-billed Tropicbird, Phaethon aethereus, also known as the Boatswain Bird is a tropicbird, one of three closely related seabirds of tropical oceans. It occurs in the tropical Atlantic, eastern Pacific and Indian Oceans.

The Indian Ocean race of the Red-billed Tropicbird, P. a. indicus, was at one time considered a full species, the Lesser Red-billed Tropicbird from Pakistan and the western Republic of India.

References[change | change source]

  1. BirdLife International (2008). Phaethon aethereus. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2008. Retrieved on 16 April 2009.