Family PHAETONIDAE (FLYING FISHERS).
TROPIC or BOATSWAIN BIRDS. About the size of the smaller Gulls, and combine the structure of Gannets or Cormorants with habits and appearance of Terns. Plumage satin white or salmon colour, with a few black markings. Bill pointed, not hooked. Nostrils narrowly pervious. Palate imperfectly desmognathous. Mid-tail greatly produced and attenuated. Web between toes not emarginate. Intertropical seas. Single egg, pinkish white, mottled and spotted purple.