Fregata ariel   (G.R.Gray,  1845) (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

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Size: 70-80 cm.

Habits: Usually solitary, catch food in mid-air and by diving vertically into the water.

Smallest frigatebird with distinct white patch under the wing on glossy black body. Adult male: Metallic black above: underparts black with white spur extending from breast sides to axillaries, gular pouch red. Bill grey, gular pouch red; feet black or reddish brown. Adult female: Larger than male, glossy black above with chestnut collar on hind neck, brown patch on wing coverts, black throat and abdomen, white breast narrowing at center, and anterior flanks. Bill bluish; skin of throat red; feet red.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Lesser Frigatebird (English)
• Lesser Frigate Bird (English)
• Mascarene Frigate Bird (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  It feeds mainly on fish (especially flying-fish) and squid, but also on seabird eggs and chicks, carrion and fish scraps
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• West coast INDIA
• East coast INDIA
• Goa, Anjuna Coast INDIA (Record: 18/09/1998)
• Maharashtra, Mumbai (Lat: 18.98) (Long: 72.83) INDIA
• Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram (Lat: 8.48) (Long: 76.95) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Lainer, H (2004) Birds of Goa : A reference book The Goa Foundation, Goa 244 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • PBase Available at -
  • Vernacular names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent Buceros, Envis newsletter: Avian Ecology & Inland Wetlands 62pp Available at -
  • Manakadan R and Pittie A (2001) Standardized English names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent BUCEROS Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetland 6(1) 26pp Available at -
  • Kumar A, sati JP and Tak CK (2003) Checklist of Indian Waterbids Buceros Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetlands 8(1) 30pp Available at -
  • Ali S and Ripley SD (1968) Handbook of the birds of India and Pakistan Oxford university press 1 1-368pp Available at - NIO

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