Magnificent Frigatebird

Fregata magnificens

Order

SULIFORMES

Family

Frigatebirds (Fregatidae)

Code 4

MAFR

Code 6

FREMAG

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Magnificent Frigatebird has a large range, estimated globally at 50,000 to 100,000 square kilometers. Native to the Americas and nearby island nations and introduced to Europe, this bird prefers forest and marine ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 200,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Magnificent Frigatebird is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Magnificent Frigatebird: Large black seabird, orange throat patch inflates into a huge bright red-orange balloon when in courtship display. Long bill is gray, hooked. Wings are long and narrow. Tail is forked; legs and feet are dark gray. Eats fish, crustaceans, jellyfish. High soaring flight.

 

Range and Habitat

Magnificent Frigatebird: During breeding season, found in coastal Florida and in tropical Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. During migration, occurs from the coast of North Carolina south to Florida and west to Texas; also on the coast of California. Preferred habitats include ocean coasts, bays, and islands; nests on mangrove islands.

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Magnificent Frigatebird SONGS AND CALLS

Magnificent Frigatebird NN1

Bill clacking and vocal clicking.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"kack", "ka-ack"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Magnificent Frigatebird was sometimes previously known as Man O'War, reflecting its rakish lines, speed, and aerial piracy of other birds.
  • Although it spends most of its life flying over the ocean, it rarely if ever lands on the water.
  • Frigatebirds are the only seabirds where the male and female look strikingly different.
  • A group of frigatebirds are collectively known as a "fleet" and a "flotilla" of frigatebirds.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Kavita Jhunjhunwala

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