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Spotted on a small mangrove island rookery in Belize. The only other bird spotted on the small island was the brown booby (Sula leucogaster). There were easily hundreds of these birds packed onto this tiny little island. It was quite a site!
Mainly in coastal waters (sometimes inland over large bodies of water or in association with storms); generally within sight of land when offshore. Roosts on rocks, vegetation of offshore islands, and on rigging of boats. Nests on islands in mangroves, low trees, and shrubs; usually on steep slope of offshore island. Sensitive to disturbance; usually nests on most remote cays and islets.
This bird was sometimes previously known as man o'war or man of war, reflecting its rakish lines, speed, and aerial piracy of other birds. This species feeds mainly on fish, and attacks other seabirds to force them to disgorge their meals. Frigatebirds never land on water, and always take their food items in flight.
Spotted on May 14, 2013
Submitted on Jun 1, 2014