2193. Fregata ariel iredalei

(2193) Fregata ariel iredalei.

IREDALE'S FRIGATE-BIRD.

Fregata ariel iredalei Mathews, Austral Av. Record, ii, p. 121 (1914) (Aldabra).

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. - Male. Whole plumage black; the upper parts glossed with blue-green and the feathers of the mantle lanceolate; the lower plumage is a duller black, the feathers lanceolate and slightly glossed like those of the back with a white spot on both sides of the abdomen.

Colours of soft parts. Iris, bill and feet black in the male, red in the female; gular pouch and eyelids red.

Measurements. Wing, about 520 to 530 mm., 530 to 545 mm.; culmen, 93 to 99 mm., 100 to 102 mm.

Female. Much duller than the male, more brown, less black above and much less glossy; breast and a broad nuchal collar white suffused with rusty-red; lesser wing-coverts brown.

Young birds have the whole head and upper breast white suffused with rusty; a broad band across the lower breast; abdomen white.

Nestling in down white.

Distribution. Aldabra, Seychelles, Mascarenes, Madagascar, Keeling Is., Somali coast, Ceylon.

Nidification. There is very little on record about the breeding of the Frigate-bird but Wood-Jones found it breeding on Cocoa Keeling Island. An egg in my collection taken by him measures-60.1 x 43.1 mm. and was taken on the 10th of June.

Habits. Those of the genus.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.6 1929.
Title in Book: 
2193. Fregata ariel iredalei
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
2193
Year: 
1929
Page No: 
298
Common name: 
Iredales Frigate Bird
M_ID: 
2394
M_SN: 
Fregata ariel iredalei
Volume: 
Vol. 6
Term name: 
id: 
5124

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