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Any identification of this bird is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

No species ID suggestions


Thanks for your answer. Can you move the pin to the point on the map where it was found? Frigate birds rarely swim and cannot walk on the ground. They can only manage to clamber around in the trees or bushes where they nest. This may explain why it was it was weak, it was a youngster and maybe had not learned to stay away from the ground! The Great Frigatebird wingspan is about 6-7 feet, not sure about the Lesser but probably slightly less. Take a look at this link:

coleen.sucgang 6 years ago

Hi Malcolm, the bird landed in the shoreline and was so weak. The one who sees it took care of it for a day and let it flew. Was not able to get the measurement of it but the wings are long. Thanks for info.

Hi Coleen, your map pin shows this picture was taken inland, a long way from the sea, which is not where we would normally expect to see this bird. Are you able to move the pin to the correct location, or if it is inland tell us the circumstances, was it in a zoo perhaps?
Also, I agree with Liam's ID thoughts, can you tell us if the body was, say, as long as an adults arm, or as long as an adults leg. This would help to ID it.

Liam 6 years ago

Either a Lesser (Fregata ariel) or Great (Fregata minor) Frigatebird. I'm leaning more towards Great, but I don't think there's a reliable way to differentiate the two other than size. Lesser is about 75cm and Great 105cm.

coleen.sucgang 6 years ago

Thanks Gretel, indeed cute and looks happy.

GretelDeRuiter 6 years ago

This is the cutest thing I've seen all day!

coleen.sucgang 6 years ago

Thanks Marta.

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Check this for the adults. There is also a youngster in one of the pics:

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

This is a young frigate bird

coleen.sucgang 6 years ago

Thanks auntnance. I'm thinking of cormorant, but not so sure.

auntnance123 6 years ago


Masbate, Masbate, Philippines

Lat: 11.00, Long: 122.60

Spotted on Apr 10, 2012
Submitted on Apr 10, 2012

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