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Magnificent Frigatebird - Important additional info. regarding id.
I have just received input on my reports sighting from my friend Jim Pike. It seems that without the seeing the carpel bar on the upper wing this bird cannot be separated by species from the Great Frigate bird. Thanks Jim for the information. MAFR was the only one listed in my various North American resources for frigates. ON further investigation after Jim's guidance, I found the Lesser and Great listed under "accidentals' at the back of Nat'l Geo.toggle quoted message Show quoted text
Here are Jim's comments.
Very cool sighting. However, based on what you saw of this male frigatebird, Magnificent can't be separated from Great. Both state records of the latter occurred within a time frame when Magnificent was least expected, that being early spring (March) and mid-fall (October), rather than the typical early June to mid-September window of Magnificent. Sighting of a prominent pale carpal bar on the upperwing coverts would be the primary means of telling a male Great from a male Magnificent.
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