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Magnificent Frigatebird

Fregata magnificens


When displaying, males inflate their bright red gular sac like a balloon and call to attract females, at the same time vibrating their outstretched wings.


Probably North Seymour Island, Galapagos

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Probably North Seymour...

pamsai 9 years ago

@Charles Darwin Foundation. Thanks for the ID. Added a photo of the island for ID purposes.

Wonderful series, pamsai! Where did you take it? - Yes, the two Frigates breeding on Galapagos are really hard to tell apart. The quality of your shots, though, shows clearly which species you saw here. It's the Magnificent Frigatebird, Fregata magnificens. Note the all black neck and throat and bluish eye ring of the female and the purple irredescent scapular feathers of the male.

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Spotted on May 26, 2011
Submitted on Dec 10, 2012

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