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  Order Pelecaniformes (Phaethontiformes) - Totipalmate swimmers
   Family Phaethontidae - Tropicbirds
  Totipalmate Swimmers have all four toes connected by a web. All but the tropicbirds possess a gular pouch. The salt (osmoregulatory) gland is located within the orbit rather than above it. They lack an incubation patch.
   The Tree of Life separates tropicbirds from the Pelecaniformes and lists them as Neoaves.
   The Encyclopedia of Life includes the tropicbirds in the Ciconiiformes.
Tropicbirds are medium-sized seabirds with white plumage and no apparent gular pouch. The central tail-feathers are greatly elongated and the species may be named for the color of these feathers.
   Tropicbirds are found mainly in the tropics of the southern hemisphere bur range north to the west coast of Mexico in the Pacific and to Bermuda in the Atlantic. Tropicbirds fly gracefully with steady rapid wing-beats. Tropic birds plunge dive for fish. When swimming, they float with their tail cocked.
     
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  White-tailed (Yellow-billed) Tropicbird, Phaethon lepturus 
 
       USGS     Wiki     ToL     Eol
        SUMMER - Rare / Accidental
            PELAGIC (offshore)
 
   The White-trailed Tropicbird is largely white. Juveniles are barred above with gray primaries. Adults have black outer primaries and a carpal bar crossing the inner wing. Their bill is yellowish and there is a thin eye-line. Adults have long white streamers in their tail (the central pair of tail feathers).
   Pelagic. Nests on tropical islands. Breeds from Bermuda, the Bahamas and south to Ascension Island. Ranges in tropical waters of the western Atlantic, north casually to Nova Scotia. Regular at Dry Tortugas and in the Caribbean. This tropicbird breeds as far north as Bermuda where it is a tourist attraction. 
 
       
  NOTES:
   P&G: 5 offshore reports, mid-April - June.
   M&P: 2 adults seen off Charleston, May and August. A few late spring - early summer sightings of unidentified tropic birds also reported offshore.
   Avendex: 12 coastal records, Charleston and Murrells Inlet. May-October. 3 reports of unidentified tropicbirds recorded.
   Potter: Regular but uncommon warm-weather visitor from mid-May to mid-October. Storm driven birds have appeared as far inland as Oconee County in the upstate.
 

● Any tropicbird would be accidental on Seabrook.

 
  Hawaii. Watching from a vista such as the edge of the Waimea Canyon (below), these graceful white birds with long tail streamers are seen constantly flying to and arriving from the sea along the sides and floor of the canyon. Note that the Red-tailed Tropicbird, Phaethon rubricauda, can also be seen nesting on the northern cliffs and islands of Kauai. 
  Waimea Canyon Waimea Canyon, Kauai, HI. White-tailed Tropicbirds abound as they come ashore to their nesting areas in this canyon.  
 
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