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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 9 years ago

Wow! Those Are Incredible!

KarenL 10 years ago

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

Rustic 41
Rustic 41 10 years ago

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

KarenL 10 years ago

Thanks Two Cans!

MaryL 10 years ago

Great spotting!

KarenL 10 years ago

It does roemer1!

roemer1 10 years ago

his neck look's like a balloon.

KarenL 10 years ago

It is very funny looking eckel3 & langford14!

KarenL 11 years ago

Thank you Angel!

arlanda 11 years ago

Great series, congratulations!

KarenL 11 years ago

Cheers Maria!

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

great series!

KarenL 11 years ago

Thanks Mac!

MacChristiansen 11 years ago

Great series Karen

KarenL 11 years ago

Thanks guys! These show-offs are very photogenic!

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 11 years ago

Magnifique !

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

KrantiAzad 11 years ago

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

KarenL 11 years ago

Thank you Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Really magnificent!

KarenL 11 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 11 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 11 years ago


NuwanChathuranga 11 years ago

truly Magnificent!

KarenL 11 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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