tropicbird


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trop·ic·bird

 (trŏp′ĭk-bûrd′)
n.
Any of several predominantly white, swift-flying seabirds of the genus Phaethon of warm regions, having a pair of very long central tail feathers.

tropicbird

(ˈtrɒpɪkˌbɜːd)
n
(Animals) any aquatic bird of the tropical family Phaethontidae, having long slender tail feathers and a white plumage with black markings: order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, cormorants, etc)
[C17: so called because it is found in the tropical regions]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tropicbird - mostly white web-footed tropical seabird often found far from landtropicbird - mostly white web-footed tropical seabird often found far from land
pelecaniform seabird - large fish-eating seabird with four-toed webbed feet
genus Phaethon, Phaethon - type genus of the Phaethontidae
Translations
paille-en-cul
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The storm even pushed an exhausted white-tailed tropicbird from its normal range in the Florida Keys to Rensselaer County, some 1,500 miles to the north.
The level of detail in the species accounts is impressive, with that for priority species (for example, Socotra Cormorant and Red-billed Tropicbird) stretching to up three pages.
Seasonal and interannual variation in the feeding ecology of a tropical oceanic seabird, the red-tailed tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda.
Tiny Swan's Cay is a nesting ground for the red-billed Tropicbird.
-A BOAT crossing from Penzance to the Isles Of Scilly last month was followed by only the second Red-billed Tropicbird ever to visit Britain.
We did not search for crevice-nesting birds, so except for the Red-tailed Tropicbird, we restricted ourselves to seabirds that nest on the surface.
Oops - it was a baby tropicbird (above left) waiting for its parents to bring some fish.
'Breeding status of the Red-billed Tropicbird, Phaethon aethereus (Aves: Phaethontidae), on Jarnein Island, United Arab Emirates.' Zoology in the Middle East 44: 11-16.
"Redbilled tropicbird" trip circles San Clemente Island; leaves 5:30 A.M., returns 6 P.M.