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Photo © by Tom Tarrant
Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, December 2003
Fregata ariel



Pantropical with breeding colonies widely scattered.

Accidental vagrant to the United States with records in Maine, Michigan, Wyoming, and California.


Photo © by martinuk
Matava Resort, Kadavu, Fiji, April 2017

This is a polytypic species[1] consisting of three subspecies[1]:

  • F. a. ariel:
  • Islands in Indian and Pacific oceans
  • F. a. trinitatis:
  • Trindade Island and Martín Vaz Island; wanders to coastal Brazil
  • F. a. iredalei:
  • Mascarene Islands; disperses to coasts of India and Somalia




Photo © by peterday
Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, Australia, 12 November 2019
  1. 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, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Birdforum thread discussing id of Frigatebirds

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