White-tailed Tropic Bird

Length 81cm (32″) with tail plumes, 37-40cm (15-16″) without tail plumes. A summer breeding visitor to the Cayman Islands, White-tailed Tropicbirds are easily recognisable from their spectacular streaming tail-feathers. They nest in the marine cliffs of Grand Cayman between Spotts and Pedro, and along the north-east face of the Bluff on Cayman Brac. On Cayman Brac, numbers have declined from a maximum of 800 birds in 1985, to about 200 birds in 2003. They fish in coastal waters, but are often chased and robbed of their catch by marauding Frigatebirds.

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