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Population Estimates, Conservation Concerns, and Management of Tropicbirds in the Western AtlanticAuthor(s): DAVID S. LEE; MARTHA WALSH-MCGEHEE
Source: Caribbean Journal of Science, Vol. 36, No. 3-4, 267-279,
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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DescriptionTwo species of tropicbirds (Phaethontidae) live in the Western North Atlantic. The Whitetailed Tropicbird of the region is an endemic race, Phaethon lepturus catesbyi, with approximately 5000 pairs. This is half the estimate made less than two decades ago. The Red-billed Tropicbird, P. aethereus, has approximately 2000 pairs regionally and fewer than 8000 pairs globally. Neither species has been considered to be of conservation concern. We suggest that the Atlantic populations of Phaethon lepturus and the global population of Phaethon aethereus be considered for appropriate conservation status listings reflecting their rare and declining populations.
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CitationLEE,DAVID S.; WALSH-MCGEHEE, MARTHA. 2000. Population Estimates, Conservation Concerns, and Management of Tropicbirds in the Western Atlantic. Caribbean Journal of Science, Vol. 36, No. 3-4, 267-279,
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