Ascension Frigatebird Fregata aquila

Family: Fregatidae (Frigatebirds)

Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)

Red List Category

Criteria: D2

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Justification of Red List category
This species is classified as Vulnerable as it breeds on one tiny island where invasion by feral cats is a concern. Censusing the population and ascertaining trends is particularly problematic, but if further data demonstrates a decline, perhaps owing to fishing activities, it may qualify for uplisting to a higher category of threat.

Population size: 17000-21000

Population trend: Unknown

Distribution size (breeding/resident): 2,620,000 km2

Country endemic: Yes

Land-mass type - oceanic island
Realm - Afrotropical
IUCN Ecosystem -- Marine biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2017) Species factsheet: Fregata aquila. Downloaded from on 26/04/2017. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2017) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 26/04/2017.