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First evidence of plastic ingestion by Red-billed Tropicbirds Phaethon aethereus from St. Eustatius, Caribbean Netherlands


1Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute, PO Box 65, St. Eustatius, Caribbean Netherlands (
2NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, and Utrecht University, PO Box 59, 1790 AB Den Burg, Texel, The Netherlands
3University of Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 8 De Uithof, 3584 CS Utrecht, The Netherlands


MADDEN, H. & EGGERMONT, E. 2020. First evidence of plastic ingestion by Red-billed Tropicbirds Phaethon aethereus from St. Eustatius, Caribbean Netherlands. Marine Ornithology 48: 157 - 160

Received 25 January 2020, accepted 06 March 2020

Date Published: 2020/10/15
Date Online: 2020/06/01
Key words: Caribbean, marine plastic pollution, Phaethontidae, seabird


We present the first confirmed evidence of plastic ingestion by a Red-billed Tropicbird on the Caribbean Netherlands island of St. Eustatius, which supports a regionally important nesting population. With our observations, all species of tropicbird have now been documented ingesting marine plastic pollution.


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