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RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD (Phaethon lepturus)
Biodiversity > Birds > Rare visitors and vagrants

Red-billed tropicbird

Two records of this species at Lord Howe Island - one bird was present from October to December 2010. The bird was flying off the cliffs between Malabar and Kim's Lookout with the Red-tailed tropicbirds; also landing on edge of the cliffs there.

Thiswas the first and only record in Australia, and the nearest breeding location is the Galapagos Islands.

 

On March 15 another one was seen and photographed by Jim Allen, while on Ian Hutton's Birdweek program. 

 
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