Phaethontiformes

Belongs within: Neognathae. The Phaethontiformes include the modern tropicbirds (Phaethon) and their fossil relatives. Tropicbirds are pelagic plunge-diving birds with predominantly white plumage, much reduced legs and the central two tail feathers extended into an elongate train. Despite their marine lifestyle, they are poor swimmers and quickly return to the air after capturing their prey.… Continue reading Phaethontiformes