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Books about Tropicbirds

This page lists books that are totally or partially about Tropicbirds. The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.


Family: Phaethontidae
Genus: Phaethon

Red-billed Tropicbird
Phaethon aethereus

Red-tailed Tropicbird
Phaethon rubricauda

White-tailed Tropicbird
Phaethon lepturus


Pelicans, Cormorants, and their Relatives: Pelecanidae, Sulidae, Phalacrocoracidae, Anhingidae, Fregatidae, Phaethontidae

J. Bryan Nelson

Colour plates: Andrew Mackay

Black-and-white drawings: John Busby

Oxford University Press


680 pages, 12 colour plates, 159 halftones, 62 maps

"This volume comprises 5 general chapters on the biology, feeding ecology, breeding behaviour, evolutionary relationships, and conservation of the birds in the families covered; 12 specially commissioned colour plates showing adults of all species and many juveniles, immatures and subspecies; 159 black-and-white drawings illustrating special features and behaviour; descriptions of each individual species."

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Biology of Marine Birds

Editors: Elizabeth A. Schreiber & Joanna Burger

CRC Press Inc


This book reviews information about marine birds ranging from general breeding biology, ecology, evolution, and fossil history to energetics, physiology, and conservation. The taxa covered comprise the four orders of primary seabirds: Sphenisciformes (penguins), Procellariiformes (albatrosses, shearwaters, petrels), Pelecaniformes (pelicans, boobies, frigatebirds, tropicbirds, cormorants), and certain Charadriiformes (alcids, gulls, and terns). Some marine-associated shorebirds and wading birds are also included.

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Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 1: Ostrich to Ducks

Edited by Josep Del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott and Jordi Sargatal

Lynx Edicions


640 pages, 67 colour plates, 200 colour photos, 550 distribution maps.

This volume covers: ostrich, rheas, cassowaries, emu, kiwis, tinamous, penguins, divers, grebes, albatrosses, petrels & shearwaters, storm- and diving-petrels, tropicbirds, pelicans, gannets & boobies, cormorants, darters, frigatebirds, herons, hamerkop, storks, shoebill, ibises and spoonbills, flamingos, screamers, ducks, geese and swans.

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The Red-tailed Tropicbird on Kure Atoll

Robert R. Fleet

Ornithological Monographs 16

American Ornithologists' Union


A 64 page study.


  • Introduction
  • Breeding Cycle
  • Nesting Success
  • Discussion
  • Summary
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Catalogue Of The Plataleae, Herodiones, Steganopodes, Pygopodes, Alcae and Impennes In The Collection Of The British Museum

Catalogue Of The Birds In The British Museum, Volume XXVI

Plataleae and Herodiones: R. Bowdler Sharpe

Steganopodes, Pygopodes, Alcae, Impennes: W.R. Ogilvie-Grant

14 colour plates: J. Smit, J.G. Keulemans

Printed By Order Of The Trustees

Sold by: Longman & Co.; B. Quaritch; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co.; and at the British Museum (Natural History)


From the preface:

"The present volume, though not numerically the last, has been, owing to various delays in its production, the last to appear. Its publication completes the series, as originally projected by Dr. Gunther more than twenty-five years ago. The whole work consists of twenty-seven volumes, and it may fairly claim to be one of the most important aids to the study of Systematic Ornithology which has ever been produced. The first volume appeared in June 1874. The others have followed at intervals averaging rather less than a year. The publication of the work has therefore been very nearly coincident with Dr. Gunther's administration of the Zoological Department of the Museum. It is to him that the general arrangement and supervision of the work is due, although each contributor has been allowed a considerable latitude in following his own views as to the details of classification and nomenclature."
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Last updated December 2013