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Lesser Frigatebird

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

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[edit] Identification

[edit] Distribution

Pantropical with breeding colonies widely scattered.

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

[edit] Taxonomy

FemalePhoto by martinukMatava Resort, Kadavu, Fiji, April 2017
Female
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

[edit] Habitat

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] References

  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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