Red-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon rubricauda rothschildi / Koa‘e‘ula
Facts About Red-tailed Tropicbird
- Usually feeding during the day, are solitary feeders and rarely fish within sight of land. They dive, wings half-folded, into the water to catch their prey. Red-tails consume mostly fish (flying fish, mackerel, dolphinfish, balloonfish) and squid. Their diet is about 4/5 fish and 1/5 squid.
- Life Span
- 16 years
- Length: 44-47 cm (17-18 in), 80-102 cm including tail streamers; wingspan: 104 cm (41 in)
Page Photo Credits Ian Jones/USFWS
Last Updated: Aug 23, 2013