Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several predominantly white, swift-flying sea birds of the genus Phaethon, of warm regions, having small weak legs and a pair of long, slender, central tail feathers.

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  • n. Any of the various seabirds of the family Phaethontidae, typically found in the open ocean in the tropics

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  • n. mostly white web-footed tropical seabird often found far from land

Etymologies

tropic +‎ bird (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The major islands have such special species as the white-tailed tropicbird, the rare Manx (Newell's) shearwater, and the dark-rumped petrel, all of which seek crater walls for nesting.

    Hawaiian Islands Province (Bailey)

  • For seabirds some of the largest colonies of tropical Atlantic seabirds are found on the Fernando de Noronha islands, with large numbers species including the black noddy or Anous minutis, the brown noddy Anous stolidus, the sooty tern Sterna fuscata, the fairy tern Gygis alba, the masked booby Sula dactylatra, the brown booby Sula leucogaster, the red footed booby Sula sula; the magnificent frigatebird Fragata magnificans and the red-billed tropicbird Phaethon aethereus.

    Brazilian Atlantic Islands, Brazil

  • Other important breeding seabird populations are the magnificent frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) and red-tailed tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda).

    Cape Verde Islands dry forests

  • White-tailed tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus) occurs as a distinctive morph on Europa Island.

    Ile Europa and Bassas da India xeric scrub

  • Geographical variation in the white-tailed tropicbird Phaethon lepturus, with the description of a new subspecies endemic to Europa Island, southern Mozambique Channel.

    Ile Europa and Bassas da India xeric scrub

  • These differences lead scientists to believe that the Europa population of white-tailed tropicbird is isolated from other nearby colonies in the Indian Ocean; it has been proposed as a distinct subspecies, Phaethon lepturus europae, by Le Corre and Jouventin.

    Ile Europa and Bassas da India xeric scrub

  • The bird fauna of Niue Island, southwest Pacific, with special notes on the white-tailed tropicbird and golden plover.

    Tongan tropical moist forests

  • Other notable species are the brown booby (16), blue-footed booby (2,000), white-tailed tropicbird Phaethon aethereus (100) and brown noddy Anous stolidus (650 – the largest colony in Mexico).

    Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico

  • "It looked similar to a tern species and then I saw the long tail," she said of the tropicbird.

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  • Ms. Miller planned to turn the tropicbird over to Mr. Sweet, who was eager to collect as many accidental visitors as possible.

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