Magnificent Frigatebird - male
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|From my recent vacation in Cuba|
Magnificent Frigatebird - male -(Fregata magnificens)
The frigatebirds are a family, Fregatidae, of seabirds. There are five species in the single genus Fregata. They are also sometimes called Man of War birds or Pirate birds. Since they are related to the pelicans, the term "frigate pelican" is also a name applied to them. They have long wings, tails and bills and the males have a red gular pouch that is inflated during the breeding season to attract a mate.
Frigatebirds are pelagic piscivores which obtain most of their food on the wing. A small amount of their diet is obtained by robbing other seabirds, a behaviour that has given the family its name, and by snatching seabird chicks. Frigatebirds are seasonally monogamous, and nest colonially.
Frigatebirds are found over tropical oceans and ride warm updrafts. Therefore, they can often be spotted riding weather fronts and can signal changing weather patterns.
These birds do not swim and cannot walk well, and cannot take off from a flat surface. Having the largest wingspan to body weight ratio of any bird, they are essentially aerial, able to stay aloft for more than a week, landing only to roost or breed on trees or cliffs.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
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great flight capture, TFS Ori
- [2016-01-08 2:22]
Hi Mario,spectacular in flight capture of this specie that i seen in Mexico me too,the sharpness and the colors are fantastic,very well done! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
Thanks for showing us such rare species (in TN). Very nice presentation. Didn't know about its stamina of flying!!!!