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Lesser Frigate This exemplar is most likely a juvenile based on the yellow color of the head and neck which after a few years will turn progressively darker and develop a red throat which will be more pronounced in a male. In the guide I read that these birds need islands to roost as they cannot rest at the sea because their feathers get easily waterlogged. Island of Lankayan, Sabah. Fall,Fregata ariel,Geotagged,Lesser frigatebird,Malaysia Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Lesser Frigate

This exemplar is most likely a juvenile based on the yellow color of the head and neck which after a few years will turn progressively darker and develop a red throat which will be more pronounced in a male. In the guide I read that these birds need islands to roost as they cannot rest at the sea because their feathers get easily waterlogged. Island of Lankayan, Sabah.

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  1. Described as small but comes across as huge to me, thanks for sharing! Posted 2 years ago
  2. great find, never saw this one in Malaysia Posted 2 years ago
  3. Hi Annette, actually there is three possibilities according to the guide I am using
    http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10228.html
    It could also be a Christmas Island frigate bird or a great frigate bird. I have set it as lesser because is the commonest of the three in Borneo but it could also be one of the other two species. As a juvenile and in the distance is hard to tell a part because they are very similar. I hope I made the right ID :-)
    Posted 2 years ago

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The lesser frigatebird is a seabird of the frigatebird family Fregatidae. At around 75 cm in length, it is the smallest species of frigatebird. It occurs over tropical and subtropical waters across the Indian and Pacific Oceans as well as off the Atlantic coast of Brazil.

The lesser frigatebird is a lightly built seabird with brownish-black plumage, long narrow wings and a deeply forked tail. The male has a striking red gular sac which it inflates to attract a mate. The female is.. more

Similar species: Cormorants And Frigatebirds
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Uploaded Jun 8, 2016. Captured Sep 29, 2015 04:37 in Malaysia.
  • SP-100EE
  • f/6.5
  • 10/8000s
  • ISO125
  • 104.2mm