Where can you spot them? In the skies above Bermuda’s coasts. Their nests can also be seen in crevices in coastal rock faces throughout the island in the breeding season.
- Longtails are open-ocean birds that only come to land to breed.
- Longtails mate for life, and participate in spectacular aerial courtship displays, which can be seen in Bermuda’s skies in April.
- Each parent alternates between incubating the egg and hunting in the open ocean. When the egg hatches, the parents alternate between minding the chick and bringing food back for it.
- Longtails spend so much time on the wing that their legs are now almost useless on land.
- Longtails are the only seabird that nests in significant numbers on Bermuda’s cliffs.
- Pigeons compete for coastal nesting sites with long tails, though they are often thought of as a city-dwelling bird.
- You can get a closer look at long tails by peeking into their nesting sites from around May until September. Longtails nest high up on sea cliffs, and many are accessible with a bit of rock climbing along south shore beaches like Horseshoe Bay and Warwick Long Bay – but remember to be respectful and not disturb the nests.
- You can help longtails by installing longtail igloos to create more nesting sites for them. Instructions for how to do this can be found here.