Shorelines Animals

Magnificent Frigatebird
Magnificent Frigatebird
Class: Aves: Birds Diet: Fish
Order: Pelecaniformes: Seabirds
Size: 95 - 110 cm (37 - 43 in), wingspan: 215 - 245 cm (85 - 96 in)
Family: Fregatidae: Frigatebirds Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Fregata magnificens Habitat: coastal waters, islands, bays, estuaries
Range: Central America; South America; Galapagos Islands

Size of Magnificent FrigatebirdThe male magnificent frigatebird has a particularly large and splendid throat pouch, and the species has the greatest wing area, relative to body size, of any bird. It feeds chiefly on fish, squid, crustaceans and jellyfish, which it catches by swooping down to the water surface. It rarely alights on the sea. Frigatebirds supplement their diet by stealing fish from other birds. Having spotted a booby or other seabird returning to land, the frigate gives chase and forces its quarry to regurgitate its catch, which it then grabs in midair.  The nest of the magnificent frigate-bird is a flimsy construction of sticks. The female lays a single egg, which both parents incubate. Both feed and care for the chick for a total of about 7 weeks. Both parents bring the chick food until it is able to fly at 4 or 5 months old and continue feeding it intermittently for some weeks more.

Range of Magnificent Frigatebird
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