Lesser Frigatebird Fregata ariel


Restricted to Ilha da Trindade off the coast of Brazil (and rare even there), this relatively small frigatebird occurs elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere as an extremely rare vagrant. Primarily a bird of the southwest Pacific and Indian oceans, it has occurred just four times in North America, and is not known away from Trindade in South America. As with all frigatebirds, this species can wander, and observers should check all unusually plumaged or out-of-range frigatebirds with this species in mind.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata ariel), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/lesfri