tropic bird

or trop·ic·bird


any of several web-footed seabirds of the family Phaethontidae, chiefly of tropical seas, having white plumage with black markings and a pair of greatly elongated central tail feathers.

Origin of tropic bird

First recorded in 1675–85
Also called boatswain bird. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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