261. Phaeton indicus.
THE SHORT-TAILED TROPIC BIRD.
Male 18", and including two long (much prized) central tail-feathers 20 1/2"; 1 1/2 lbs. Female 20 3/4". Legs white, claws black. Bill from gape 3 1/4", dull orange-red. Black crescent in front of eye. Narrow black line from gape to nostrils and from nostrils to culmen, dividing feathers from bill. First five primaries black, narrowly tipped white. Back, scapulars, rump, and upper tail-coverts white, regularly and closely barred black. Tail of twelve feathers. Mid-tail not exceeding 12". Indian Ocean. From Red Sea to Persian Gulf to the Straits of Malacca. (B. 1533.)
Also P. aethereus. 40". The Tropic Bird. Bill coral red. A conspicuous black band behind eye. Tail of fourteen feathers. Mid-tail about 26". Tropical portions of Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
Bill mostly yellow. Back uniform, not transversely barred black.