Great Frigatebird Fregata minor



Distinguishing Characteristics

2.1  m wingspan. Bill hooked. Neck short. Tail cleft. Wings thin, long and pointed. Tarsi and feet small. Toes united at base by a membrane. Males and females are different. Male: 89 cm. 1000 g. Bill grayish. Red gular pouch. Entirely blackish. Pale brown

Similar Species

Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) is larger and less agile. Males have black plumage more uniform; in flight, lack the pale brown band on wings; legs are dark. Females have blue eye-ring, dark throat and a narrow black band on belly. Juveniles

Detailed Description

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Recommended Citation

Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: