Fregata ariel (Lesser frigatebird) 

Kleinfregatvoël [Afrikaans]; Kleine fregatvogel [Dutch]; Frégate ariel [French]; Kleiner fregattvogel [German]; Fragata-pequena [Portuguese]

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Fregata ariel (Lesser frigatebird) Fregata ariel (Lesser frigatebird) 

Immature Lesser frigatebird, Mozambique channel. [photo Neil Gray ©]

Immature Lesser frigatebird, Mozambique channel. [photo Trevor Hardaker ©]

Distribution and habitat

Occurs across the tropical west-central Pacific and Indian Oceans, extending into the Mozambique Channel with an isolated record off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

Food 

It mainly eats flying fish (Exocoetidae) and squid (Cephalopoda).

Breeding

Breeds on islands (including Europa Island in the Mozambique Channel), building a nest on a tree or bush

References

  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 

 

 

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