2192. Fregata minor aldabrensis

(2192) Fregata minor aldabrensis.

The Western Lesser Frigate-bird.

Fregata minor aldabrensis Mathews, Austral Av. Record, ii, p. 119 (1914) (Aldabra). Fregata aquila. Blanf. & Oates, iv, p. 338.

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. - Male. All black; the feathers above glossed with green; lesser wing-coverts brown; lower plumage dark brown rather than black.

Colours of soft parts. Iris brown; bill, lead-colour, dirty light blue; legs and feet, black, bright red. In some female skins the bill is noted as "rose." The pouch is dull brick-red.

Measurements. Wing, 585 to 603 mm., 605 to 621 mm.; tail, 392 to 410 mm., 395 to 430 mm.; middle toe 48 to 57 mm.; culmen, 116 to 130 mm., 130 to 150 mm.

Female. Differs from the male in having the gloss on the upper plumage less developed and the fore-neck and breast white; the chin and throat are mottled brown and white.

Nestling in down white with a rusty stain.

Distribution. Aldabra, Seychelles, Glorioso. A female was obtained by Nicoll in Ceylon.

Nidification. This Frigate-bird is said to lay one or two eggs in nests similar to those described of the other species, but I can find no full description of its breeding.

Habits. Those of the genus.

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.6 1929.
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2192. Fregata minor aldabrensis
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Common name: 
Western Lesser Frigate Bird
Fregata minor aldabrensis
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