White-Tailed Tropicbird – Phaethon lepturus
- Tail Streamers are white and can be up to seventeen inches long.
- Forages by plunging into water from flight, submerging briefly; sometimes by swooping down to surface without striking water, taking flying fish in the air.
- May feed most actively in early morning and late afternoon.
- Courtship displays include two birds flying gracefully in unison, one above the other, with higher bird bending tail down to touch tail of lower bird.
Phaethon – Greek mythology- son of Helios; killed when trying to drive his father’s chariot and came too close to earth
epturus: Greek leptós = ‘slender, thin’, and +ourá = ‘tail’
Songs and Calls:
A piping “keck-keck-keck”