Status: No accepted records.
Taxonomy: There are six subspecies recognized in tropical oceans (Clements et al 2016).
Comments: One reported flying along the South Platte River in Lincoln Co 13-14 May 1973 (Cortelyou 1973a) was later suggested to be a tern trailing a fishing line (Cortelyou 1973b). The report was considered inconclusive (Bray et al 1986).
There are no records of this species any closer to Nebraska than Pennsylvania, western New York, and Arizona (AOU 1998); one was on the Texas Gulf Coast Jul 2003 (eBird.org, accessed December 2017).
American Ornithologists’ Union [AOU]. 1998. The AOU Check-list of North American birds, 7th ed. Allen Press, Lawrence, Kansas, USA.
Bray, T.E., B.K. Padelford, and W.R. Silcock. 1986. The birds of Nebraska: A critically evaluated list. Published by the authors, Bellevue, Nebraska, USA.
Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, accessed 30 January 2018.
Cortelyou, R.G. 1973a. 1973 (Forty-eighth) Spring Migration and Occurrence Report. NBR 41: 46-65.
Cortelyou. R.G. 1973b. More on the “White-tailed Tropicbird”. NBR 41: 79-80.
Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen. 2018. White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus). In Birds of Nebraska — Online. www.BirdsofNebraska.org
Birds of Nebraska – Online
Updated 13 Jul 2018