frigatebird id

To: "Gary Davidson" <>, "birding-aus" <>
Subject: frigatebird id
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 13:19:56 +1100
In my opinion you did get it right, that is a young Great Frigatebird. In your bird, as in the Tanzanian bird, it is somewhat of a misnomer to call them either axillary or 'wing-spurs' because they don't actually extend on to the axillaries or underwings, being confined to the flank. So they are just 'spurs'. If they were longer and extended onto the axillaries or beyond, they would look narrow and pointed and the bird would be a Lesser Frigatebird.

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136

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