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Lesser Frigatebird Fregata ariel

IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Low
Land mass type   Average mass -

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 95,100,000
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals poor Estimated 2009
Population trend Decreasing -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 15.5 - - -
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction and unsustainable levels of exploitation.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Australia Native Extant      
Brazil Native Extant      
British Indian Ocean Territory Native Extant      
Brunei Native Extant      
China (mainland) Native Extant      
Christmas Island (to Australia) Native Extant      
Cocos (Keeling) Islands (to Australia) Native Extant Yes    
Comoros Native Extant      
Djibouti Vagrant Extant   Yes  
Eritrea Vagrant Extant   Yes  
Fiji Native Extant      
French Polynesia Native Extant      
Guam (to USA) Unknown Extant      
India Native Extant      
Indonesia Native Extant      
Israel Vagrant Extant   Yes  
Japan Native Extant      
Jordan Vagrant Extant   Yes  
Kenya Vagrant Extant   Yes  
Kiribati Native Extant      
Madagascar Native Extant      
Malaysia Native Extant      
Maldives Native Extant Yes    
Marshall Islands Native Extant Yes    
Mauritius Native Extant      
Mayotte (to France) Native Extant      
Micronesia, Federated States of Native Extant   Yes  
Mozambique Vagrant Extant   Yes  
Nauru Native Extant   Yes  
New Caledonia (to France) Native Extant      
New Zealand Vagrant Extant   Yes  
Northern Mariana Islands (to USA) Native Extant   Yes  
Oman Vagrant Extant   Yes  
Palau Native Extant   Yes  
Philippines Native Extant      
Réunion (to France) Native Extant Yes    
Seychelles Native Extant Yes    
Singapore Native Extant      
Solomon Islands Native Extant      
Somalia Vagrant Extant   Yes  
South Korea Native Extant      
Sri Lanka Native Extant      
Taiwan (China) Native Extant      
Tanzania Native Extant      
Thailand Native Extant      
Timor-Leste Native Extant   Yes  
Tonga Native Extant      
United States Minor Outlying Islands (to USA) Native Extant   Yes  
USA Native Extant      
Vanuatu Native Extant      
Vietnam Native Extant      
Wallis and Futuna Islands (to France) Native Extant      

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Australia Adele Island site factsheet
Australia Ashmore Reef site factsheet
Australia Bedout Island site factsheet
Australia Coringa-Herald Reefs site factsheet
Australia Manowar and Rocky Islands site factsheet
Australia Raine Island, Moulter and Maclennan Cays site factsheet
Cocos (Keeling) Islands (to Australia) North Keeling Island site factsheet
Cook Islands Suwarrow Atoll Marine site factsheet
Cook Islands Suwarrow Atoll National Park site factsheet
French Polynesia Reitoru site factsheet
French Southern Territories Europa site factsheet
Indonesia Pulau Manuk site factsheet
Kiribati Enderbury Island site factsheet
Kiribati Flint Island site factsheet
Kiribati Flint Island Marine site factsheet
Kiribati Malden Island site factsheet
Kiribati Malden Island Marine site factsheet
Kiribati McKean Island site factsheet
Kiribati McKean Island Marine site factsheet
Kiribati Orona Atoll (Hull Island) site factsheet
Kiribati Orona Atoll (Hull Island) Marine site factsheet
Kiribati Phoenix Islands Marine site factsheet
Kiribati Rawaki (Phoenix Island) site factsheet
Malaysia Mantanani islands site factsheet
Seychelles Aldabra atoll site factsheet
United States Minor Outlying Islands (to USA) Baker Island site factsheet
United States Minor Outlying Islands (to USA) Howland and Baker Marine site factsheet
United States Minor Outlying Islands (to USA) Howland Island site factsheet
United States Minor Outlying Islands (to USA) Jarvis Island site factsheet
United States Minor Outlying Islands (to USA) Jarvis Island Marine site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Mangrove Vegetation Above High Tide Level suitable breeding
Marine Neritic Macroalgal/Kelp major resident
Marine Neritic Pelagic major resident
Marine Neritic Seagrass (Submerged) major resident
Marine Neritic Subtidal Loose Rock/pebble/gravel major resident
Marine Neritic Subtidal Rock and Rocky Reefs major resident
Marine Neritic Subtidal Sandy major resident
Marine Neritic Subtidal Sandy-Mud major resident
Marine Oceanic Epipelagic (0-200m) major resident
Marine Oceanic Mesopelagic (200-1000m) major resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable breeding
Altitude 0 - 0 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Utilisation

Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Food (human) Whole Adults and juveniles Wild Subsistence, National Non-trivial Recent
Pets Whole Adults and juveniles Wild International Non-trivial Recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Fregata ariel. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 10/07/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 10/07/2014.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Fregatidae (Frigatebirds)
Species name author (Gray, 1845)
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 95,100,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species