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Temporal range: Early Eocene to present
Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) (4089464789).jpg
Red-billed Tropicbird
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Phaethontiformes
Family: Phaethontidae
Genus: Phaethon
Linnaeus, 1758
Type species
Phaethon aethereus
  • Leptophaethon Mathews 1913
  • Lepturus Moehring 1752 nom rej.
  • Lepturus Brisson 1760
  • Scaeophaethon Mathews 1913
  • Phoenicurus Bonaparte 1855 non Forster 1817
  • Tropicophilus Stephens 1826

Tropicbirds are pelagic seabirds that occur in tropical areas and seas of the world. There are three living species. Before they were put in their own group, they were thought to belong to the Pelicanformes (which also contains pelcans, cormorants and gannets).

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