1534. Phaethon flavirostris.
The White Tropic-bird.
Phaeton candidus (Briss.), Blyth, Cat. p. 296; Jevdon, B. I. iii, p. 850. Phaeton flavirostris, Brandt, Bull. Acad. St. Pitersb. ii, p. 349 (1837); Beavan & Tytl. Ibis, 1867, p. 334; Hume, S. F. ii, p. 323 ; id. S. P. v, p. 498; Hume, Cat. no. 997; Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 1172; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 225.
Coloration white and satiny ; a crescentic patch in front of each eye, and a broad stripe behind it to the ear-coverts black, as are the outer webs, shafts, and inner webs near the shafts of the first five or six primaries, with the exception of the white tips, -75 to To inches long, in Indian Ocean birds; greater portion of each tertiary and a band along the smaller secondary coverts some distance from the edge of the wing also black.
Young birds as usual are barred above with black.
Bill pale yellow; legs and base of toes olive-yellow; feet black. Tail-feathers 12.
Length 30 ; tail 18; wing 10.75 ; tarsus .9 ; bill from gape 2.8.
Distribution. Tropical seas all round the world. Several specimens have been recorded within Indian limits, amongst them one on the Ceylon coast identified by Legge, one at the Andamans obtained by Col. Tytler, and one inland in Cachar recorded by Hume.