Magnificent Frigate Bird

Scientific name: Fregata magnificens
Conservation status: Least concern
Size: 89 – 114 cm and wingspan of 2.17 – 2.44 m 

The magnificent frigatebird  is a seabird of the frigatebird family Fregatidae. It occurs over tropical and subtropical waters off the America’s, between northern Mexico and Ecuador on the Pacific coast and between Florida and southern Brazil along the Atlantic coast.

This is a species of bird I had always wanted to see. I remember seeing them on natural history shows and in bird books as a kid. The way the male inflates its bright red gular sac was always fascinating and amusing at the same time. I got to see they off the Caribbean coast of Guatemala. In flight they look almost prehistoric.

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