White-tailed Tropicbird Cam Timeline

Delve into the history of the White-tailed Tropicbird cam.

Review the main events, including nesting cycle milestones and other noteworthy incidents, in this historical timeline of the White-tailed Tropicbird cam.

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Nesting Cycle Dates & Information

YearEgg #Lay DateHatch DateFledge DateChick Name
20211~ March 15April 24July 4Sunny
20201~ March 15~April 28July 6
20191~ March 15April 23July 1Pig Pen

2021 Season Timeline

July 4, 2021: Tropicbird Chick Takes Flight, Sets Out Over The Atlantic Ocean

White-tailed Tropicbird chick fledged

The White-tailed Tropicbird chick fledged on July 4. Check out the nestling’s final health check conducted by Senior Terrestrial Conservation Officer Jeremy Madeiros and filmed by our partners at Nonsuch Expeditions – Bermuda on July 2. The nestling was named “Sunny” and was verified as a male. Watch below to learn more about this chick’s amazing story. We hope to see you someday again, Sunny.

April 29, 2021: White-tailed Tropicbird Cam Season Begins With Young Chick Already In The Nest

White-tailed Tropicbird hatchling

The White-tailed Tropicbird cam is officially live for the 2021 breeding season. The cam features a newly hatched chick being cared for by its parents. Check out this clip when Senior Terrestrial Conservation Officer Jeremy Madeiros was surprised by the hatchling during a nest check on April 24! This marks one of the earliest known tropicbird chicks to hatch on the island, and it was all captured during a routine nest check.

2020 Season Timeline

July 6, 2020: White-tailed Tropicbird Chick Fledges

White-tailed Tropicbird Chick Fledges

Get one last look at the White-tailed Tropicbird chick before it leaves the nesting cavity and takes its first flight. On July 6 at 10:25 AM, the chick spent one final moment in front of the cam before fledging. Senior Terrestrial Conservation Officer Jeremy Madeiros was there to witness the first flight, and he reports that the young tropicbird looked strong and confident as it took wing out toward the open Atlantic Ocean.

May 15, 2020: White-tailed Tropicbird Cam Returns For 2020

White-tailed Tropicbird Cam Returns For 2020

The White-tailed Tropicbird cam is back for the 2020 breeding season! This year’s chick hatched on April 28 or 29, and it is one of the earliest hatchings recorded by Senior Terrestrial Conservation Officer Jeremy Madeiros in his 14-year history tracking these birds.

2019 Season Timeline

July 1, 2019: White-tailed Tropicbird Fledges From Nonsuch Island

White-tailed Tropicbird Fledges From Nonsuch Island

After exploring the burrow this morning and occasionally peering outside, the White-tailed Tropicbird has fledged! Watch “Pig Pen” move around the burrow and flap its wings before finally taking the plunge into the world outside. Happy fishing and good luck out there young one!  

June 12, 2019: White-tailed Tropicbird Gets A Leg Band


Take a trip to Nonsuch Island, Bermuda, and join Jeremy Madeiros as he bands the White-tailed Tropicbird chick during a health check. Thanks to our partners at Nonsuch Expeditions for this look outside the nest.

April 23, 2019: White-tailed Tropicbird Chick Hatches

White-tailed Tropicbird Chick Hatches

The White-tailed Tropicbird chick has hatched! Get the first glimpse at the damp, downy chick as it flops into view from underneath its attentive parent. The adults will continue to brood the chick for a short period after hatching. After that, the young tropicbird will be left unattended except for feeding events.

March 31, 2019: White-tailed Tropicbird Cam Launches From Nonsuch Island


Bermuda seabird expert Jeremy Madeiros introduces us to the subject of a new cam on Nonsuch Island: the White-tailed Tropicbird. We get an up-close look at an adult tropicbird and the environment around the nest cam site. Thanks to Nonsuch Expeditions for the video!

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