Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52516

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Pelicaniformes
Family:Fregatidae
Genus:Fregata
Genus species:Fregata magnificans

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:89 cm
Identification:The frigate bird has long pointed wings and a forked tail. The male is mostly black with a red inflatable throat sac. The female is black with a white breast.
Habitat:Coasts and offshore islands
Diet:Carnivore: fish, aquatic invertebrates
Reproduction:Only one egg is laid by the female each time she breeds. The egg is incubated for 170 days. After hatching, the chick is cared for by both parents for the first three months of its life. During the following eight months, only the female feeds the chick. Due to a relatively great amount of time invested by the female for each chick, she cannot breed every year.
Behavior:Males inflate their red throat (gular) sac when courting females. Frigate birds often steal food from other birds, harassing them in the air until they drop their catch.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The wingspan of these birds can reach up to 228 cm.

Other Information

Geographic:Coast of North America
Coast of South America
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Magnificent frigate bird
gull-like bird
Frigate-birds
Pelecaniformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/52516