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Red-billed Tropicbird Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Phaethon aethereus
Family : Phaethontidae
Order : Phaethontiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : S
Description : The red-billed tropicbird is a relatively large bird, with a wingspan of up to 1 meter (3.3 ft) and a body length of around 50 cm (20 in). It has a white body and wings, with black flight feathers on the wings and a distinctive red bill. These birds are found in tropical waters, typically nesting on remote islands or cliffs. They are commonly found in the Caribbean, off the coast of South America, in the Indian Ocean, and in the waters around Australia and New Zealand. The red-billed tropicbird feeds on small fish, squid, and crustaceans that it catches by diving into the water from the air. Breeding season varies depending on the region, but generally occurs between March and September. They lay a single egg, which is incubated by both parents for around 40 days. The chicks fledge after about 10-12 weeks.
These birds are strong fliers and are known for their graceful, swooping flight patterns. They are also quite vocal, with a high-pitched, screeching call. The red-billed tropicbird is listed as a species of least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), meaning that it is not considered to be threatened with extinction at present. However, habitat loss and disturbance from human activities, such as tourism and development, can have negative impacts on their populations.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source:www.en.wikipedia.org, iucnredlist.org;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;photo credit: ConstantineD(www.inaturalist.org/people/ConstantineD),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;Phoenix Birdermore information, please contact us.