Field Frame Friday: An island where birds rule all!

In the Seychelles, an island chain off the east coast of Africa, White-tailed tropicbirds (Phaethon lepturus) on Cousin Island don’t have the threat of predators so they nest on the ground in the hollows of trees or root nooks. This pair could care less how close humans were to them, but it is still important to remain a respectable distance away from any wildlife.

[Photo by Nick Chudeau and caption by Karli Chudeau]


Malan, G., Hagens, D.A., Hagens, Q.A. (2008). Nesting success of White Terns and White-tailed Tropicbirds on Cousine Island, Seychelles. Journal of African Ornithology, 80(2), 81-84.

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