Frigatebirds (Fregatidae)

Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata ariel) - HBW 1, p. 374

French: Frégate ariel German: Arielfregattvogel Spanish: Rabihorcado Chico
Other common names: Least Frigatebird

Taxonomy: Atagen ariel G.R.Gray (ex Gould MS), 1845, Raine Island, Queensland.
Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • iredalei Mathews, 1914 - W Indian Ocean.
  • ariel (G.R.Gray, 1845) - C & E Indian, W & C Pacific Oceans.
  • trinitatis Miranda Ribeiro, 1919 - S Atlantic.