Latin name: Phaethon lepturus

Common name: White-tailed Tropicbird



Encyclopedia of Life:

Brief introduction: The White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus ascensionis (Mathews, 1915)) is the smallest of three closely related seabirds in the order Phaethontiformes and can be found in the tropical Atlantic, western Pacific and Indian Oceans. For a small bird, this species can travel far across oceans when not breeding.

Related papers:
Zhang et al., Comparative Genomics Reveals Insights into Avian Genome Evolution and Adaptation. Science, (2014).
Jarvis et al., Whole Genome Analyses Resolve Early Branches in the Tree of Life of Modern Birds. Science, (2014).