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Lesser Frigatebird Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Fregata ariel
Family : Fregatidae
Order : Suliformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Coast
Description : Lesser Frigatebird is a seabird (recently observed in Bangladesh) with black plumage, deeply fork tail. Male has red gular sac, female has black head, white neck sides. Juvenile and immature have rufous or white head and blackish breast band. Lesser Frigatebirds are skilled fliers and spend most of their time in the air, soaring on thermal currents and using their long wings to stay aloft for hours at a time. They feed on fish and other sea creatures that they snatch from the water's surface, often by harassing other seabirds and forcing them to drop their prey.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Grimmett et al, 2011, Birds of the Indian Subcontinent, Oxford University Press, India,photo credit: Oscar Thomas (www.inaturalist.org/people/ Oscar Thomas ),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules; taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;more information, please contact us.