Frigatebirds (Fregatidae)

Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) - HBW 1, p. 373

French: Frégate du Pacifique German: Bindenfregattvogel Spanish: Rabihorcado Grande
Other common names: Pacific/Lesser (!) Frigatebird

Taxonomy: Pelecanus minor Gmelin, 1789, Christmas Island, E Indian Ocean.
Formerly included in F. aquila. Five subspecies normally recognized, though validity doubtful.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • aldabrensis Mathews, 1914 - W Indian Ocean.
  • minor (Gmelin, 1789) - E Indian and SW Pacific Oceans.
  • palmerstoni (Gmelin, 1789) - W & C Pacific.

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  • aldabrensis Mathews, 1914 - W Indian Ocean.
  • minor (Gmelin, 1789) - E Indian and SW Pacific Oceans.
  • palmerstoni (Gmelin, 1789) - W & C Pacific.
  • ridgwayi Mathews, 1914 - E Pacific.
  • nicolli Mathews, 1914 - S Atlantic.