Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda


Bird, J.P., Martin, R., Akçakaya, H.R., Gilroy, J., Burfield, I.J., Garnett, S.G., Symes, A., Taylor, J., Şekercioğlu, Ç.H. and Butchart, S.H.M. 2020. Generation lengths of the world’s birds and their implications for extinction risk. Conservation Biology 34(5): 1252-1261.

del Hoyo, J.; Elliot, A.; Sargatal, J. 1992. Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 1: Ostrich to Ducks. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.

IUCN. 2020. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2020-3. Available at: (Accessed: 10 December 2020).

Partners in Flight. 2019. Avian Conservation Assessment Database, version 2019. Available at:

Schreiber, B. A.; Schreiber, R. W. 2020. Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda), version 1.0. In: Billerman, S. M. (ed.), Birds of the World, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.

VanderWerf, E.A.; Young, L.C. 2014. Breeding biology of Red-Tailed Tropicbirds Phaethon rubricauda and response to predator control on O’ahu, Hawai’i. Marine Ornithology 42: 73-76.

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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Phaethon rubricauda. Downloaded from on 26/09/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 26/09/2023.