A Simple Summary on The Magnificent Frigate Bird

A Simple Summary on The Magnificent Frigate Bird

A magnificent frigate bird is a very unusual bird, specially the male of the species. Scientifically it is known by the name of Fregata magnificens. The bird is available in in the areas of tropical Atlantic. They have colonially bred in Florida and the Caribbean. In addition, they are also found along the pacific coastline of both the American continents, running from Mexico till Ecuador, inclusive of Galapagos Islands as well. Vagrancy is also noticed in the species, as if these birds are also found in Mann, England, Spain and Denmark along with British Columbia. Magnificent frigate bird is the largest recognized bird of the Fregatidae family. A typical bird would be 89 cm to 114 cm long and have 217 cm to 244 cm of wingspan. They usually weigh 1.1 kg to 1.59 kg. The feature that makes them unique is the presence of a throat pouch, which is scarlet in color, which is present in the males. They inflate the pouch in breeding season in the form of a balloon more or less. The females of the species are a bit large when compared to the males of the species. The typical inflation of the gular sac is to attract the feminine mates. The general color of the plumage is brownish black. However, the females have a white belly and breast. They are essentially seabirds. They prey on fish, which they take when they fly above the surface of the ocean. They have another weird habit of kleptoparasitism, which is to harass and force other birds to regurgitate the food.

 

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