Lesser Frigatebird

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View of a lesser frigatebird (Fregata ariel) sitting on a rock overlooking the sea
Tachyptes minor, Bonap.
Small frigate-bird.

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Ernst Mayr Library, The Internet Archive

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View of a lesser frigatebird (Fregata ariel, formerly Tachyptes minor) sitting on a rock overlooking the sea. This bird is described as follows by the author:

This species is common on the coasts of tropical Australia and in Torres Straits it is abundant. There it has often been seen by travelers procuring food after the hawk-like manner of the tribe, by forcing the weaker birds to disgorge fish which they had caught. Their powerful wings enable them to fly to vast distances, but they rarely leave the tropics. They never rest on the surface of the water, only skim near it on the watch for flying-fish or for unfortunate weaker birds which they frighten into giving up their food.

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