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Lesser Frigatebird (juvenile)

Fregata ariel


Tentative ID based on relative commonness of the three species of similarly-looking frigatebirds. The other two species also spotted in Borneo are F. andrewsi and minor. 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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Spotted on Oct 1, 2015
Submitted on Jun 8, 2016


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