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LESSER FRIGATEBIRD (Fregata ariel)
Biodiversity > Birds > Rare visitors and vagrants

Vagrant. One positive record. Etheridge (1889) recorded that the species was a possible vagrant to the Group. E.H. Saunders supposedly collected a clutch of eggs of this species on Lord Howe Island in November 1887 (AM O.26031); however, it is likely that these were collected elsewhere. One male bird was collected by Roy Bell on 11 February 1915 (Hindwood 1940; AMNH 729599). Unidentified frigatebirds seen by P. Poulton at Malabar and Roach Island in April 1977 (Rogers & Lindsey 1978) and by Ben Miller off Old Gulch during cyclonic conditions between 1978 and 1980 (B. Miller pers. comm.) were probably this species.

 
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