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Red-tailed Tropicbird

Phaethon rubricauda

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A medium-sized, mostly white seabird with a red beak. The long red tail streamers can be difficult to see at a distance. Rarely seen inland. At sea usually flies high above the water. Pairs and groups perform backward-wheeling courtship displays while giving loud squawks. Larger and heavier-bodied than White-tailed Tropicbird.

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