Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Saturday, February 12, 2005

A Great Frigatebird - Male


This is a male Great Frigatebird in Genovesa island. Males are black with a greenish sheen. Its wingspan is as big as that of the albatross. It spends it time gliding in circles in the sky in pursuit of other birds such as boobies. It has lost the waterproofing of its black plumage and so it never lands on the sea. It catches small fish on the surface of the water with a quick swipe of the hooked beak.

Just like the Magnificent Frigatebird, during the courtship display, it inflates a huge red pouch under his thoat to attract a female to the nest.

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