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RED-TAILED TROPICBIRD (Phaethon rubricauda)
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Red tailed tropicbird

These large majestic seabirds can be seen flying around the cliffs at Lord Howe Island from November to June each year. Lord Howe Island is said to have the largest breeding concentration of the species in the world. They feed on small fish well out at sea, and are seldom observed feeding, even by crew on island fishing boats.

 

Length: 46 cm plus two thin red tail feathers to 50cm long; wingspan: 105cm; weight: 700gm.

 
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