Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Frigate bird

Fregata magnificens or minor


Frigate birds are a very common sight in the Galapagos Islands, both in flight and nesting on land. Is difficult to say whether these are magnificent or minor frigates. Both species look alike and both are present in these islands. Juveniles have white head and neck, females are mostly black and the males have a scarlet throat pouch which is inflated like a balloon in the breeding season. They are big: 100 cm (39 inches) long with a 215 cm (85 inch) wingspan for the magnificent species.


All over the Galapagos, in cliffs and on plain land. The pictures belong mostly to nesting colonies in Isla Genovesa.


My predigital era :-)

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID

No Comments

The MnMs
Spotted by
The MnMs

Spotted on Sep 10, 2005
Submitted on Jun 15, 2011

Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors
join Project Noah Team

Join the Project Noah Team