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Great Frigatebird Fregata minor


The Great Frigatebird is a member of the pan-tropical, monogeneric family, Fregatidae, the Frigatebirds. The adult males of all species are very similar in appearance with long heavily bowed, dihedral wings, predominantly black plumage and long forked tails. The frigatebirds have a reputation for being the consummate pirates of the tropical oceans and are typically very aggressive in their pursuit of prey captured by other birds (frigatebirds or otherwise). The Great Frigatebird is much less dependent on kleptoparasitism and will generally feed by surface seizing for flying-fish. The Great Frigatebird is distributed throughout the tropical latitudes of the Pacific Ocean, below the equator in the Indian Ocean and locally in the South Atlantic and breeds in large colonies, in the Neotropics, on the Galalpagos and various islands off Central America.

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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: