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Magnificent frigatebird (male)

Fregata magnificens


Males are all black with a scarlet throat pouch which is inflated like a balloon in the breeding season. The Galapagos population of this tropical seabird may be its own genetically distinct species warranting a new conservation status. This small population of genetically unique Magnificent Frigatebirds is a vulnerable population. Any catastrophic event or threats by humans could wipe out the approximate 2,000 Magnificent Frigatebirds that nest on the Galapagos Islands. Magnificent Frigatebirds are currently classified as Least Concern (LC)' by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, but the Proceedings of the Royal Society paper recommends that, because of the genetic uniqueness of those on the Galápagos, this status be revisited.


North Seymour island, Galapagos.

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31 Comments (1–25)

Desmond.E.S.O 7 years ago

Wow! Those Are Incredible!

KarenL 9 years ago

Thank you Don! The Galapagos was incredible - it will be a tough photo safari to beat!

Rustic 41
Rustic 41 9 years ago

There is just nothing quite like the Galapagos Archipelago! A very nice series of images.

KarenL 9 years ago

Thanks Two Cans!

MaryL 9 years ago

Great spotting!

KarenL 9 years ago

It does roemer1!

roemer1 9 years ago

his neck look's like a balloon.

KarenL 9 years ago

It is very funny looking eckel3 & langford14!

KarenL 9 years ago

Thank you Angel!

arlanda 9 years ago

Great series, congratulations!

KarenL 9 years ago

Cheers Maria!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

great series!

KarenL 9 years ago

Thanks Mac!

MacChristiansen 9 years ago

Great series Karen

KarenL 9 years ago

Thanks guys! These show-offs are very photogenic!

Magnifique !

Wow Karen,great seriesawesome birds,congrats and thanks for sharing

KrantiAzad 9 years ago

very amazing series ......thanks so much for this unique sharing ......

KarenL 9 years ago

Thank you Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Really magnificent!

KarenL 9 years ago

Thanks Jill! You are right - it is an absolutely amazing place!
I've resolved the location problem - I've found that the Spanish names seem to work whereas the English versions & the coordinates don't for some reason.

JillBlack 9 years ago

Wonderful series Karen the galapagos is truly an amazing place. I couldn't get the exact locations for my spottings either it is quite frustrating :)

KarenL 9 years ago


NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

truly Magnificent!

KarenL 9 years ago

Thanks Carol!

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Parroquia Santa Rosa, Galápagos, Ecuador

Spotted on Nov 23, 2012
Submitted on Dec 16, 2012

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