Lesser Frigatebird

Fregata ariel

Order

SULIFORMES

Family

Frigatebirds (Fregatidae)

Code 4

LEFR

Code 6

FREARI

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Lesser Frigatebird is a large species of frigatebird that breeds on many small islands in the tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans, and on a few islands off the northeastern coast of Brazil. It is a rare visitor to the Hawaiian Islands. After breeding, this species wanders over large areas of tropical pelagic waters where it feeds on squid, flying fish and carrion plucked from the surface of the water. The Lesser Frigatebird is believed to have a large global population and has been given a conservation rating of Least Concern by the IUCN.

SUMMARY

Overview

Lesser Frigatebird: This large seabird is mostly black, with brown band on secondary coverts, white mark where inner wings meet body, and a red throat patch that inflates during courtship displays. Long pointed wings, long forked tail, long gray hooked tip bill, and short gray legs and feet. Female has black hood and white breast. Feeds on squid and fish. Graceful soaring and swooping flight.

 

Range and Habitat

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Lesser Frigatebird SONGS AND CALLS

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"weese-weese-weese", "kaa-chuk-chuk-chuk-chuk-chuk"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Frigatebirds care for their young longer than any other bird species.
  • Like other frigatebird species, the Lesser Frigatebird cannot walk or swim and can stay in the air for more than a week.
  • Some Lesser Frigatebirds have been seen nearly 3,000 miles from their nesting sites.
  • A group of frigatebirds are collectively known as a "fleet" and a "flotilla" of frigatebirds.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP HAWAII

About this Hawaii Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

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PelagicX
The pelagic is a type of bird whose habitat is on the open ocean rather than in a coastal region or on inland bodies of water (lakes, rivers). An example of a pelagic bird is the blacklegged kittiwake.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
Secondary covertsX
The feathers that cover and protect the secondaries.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X