Unique animals of the Galapagos Islands: Magnificent frigatebird

Magnificent frigatebird https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnificent_frigatebird

There are few birds easier to recognize than male magnificent frigatebirds. They have a giant red throat pouch which makes for a bright, stunning display when fully inflated. It’s almost comical to see them puff up. Of course, the brighter the pouch, the more attractive they appear to females.


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The magnificent frigate is a rather large bird, its size can reach 102 cm, and its wingspan is from 217 to 229 cm. It weighs from 1.1 to 1.6 kg. This species has a long and forked tail. Narrow and long wings form the letter W in flight. The plumage is brilliantly black; the females have a white strip on the underside of the body. The plumage of young birds is white on the head and on the stomach, and on the upper side of the body is brown-black with light brown strokes. Adult plumage appears only at the age of four to six years. Due to the fact that the plumage does not tear away water, magnificent frigates hardly swim. Males have a red throat sac that inflates like a balloon during the mating season. The paws are short, and four fingers crowned with strong claws are connected to each other by small membranes. Due to the fact that the legs are short and weak, the magnificent frigate cannot walk on the ground, but only stay on the branches. But in the air element this bird is a real ace, able to perform acrobatic maneuvers and soar for hours without flapping wings. Able to fly for many days without landing.


During the mating season, the males sit on the branches and demonstrate their bright puffed-up throat sac, accompanied by a loud cry. Both parents are involved in building the nest, hatching eggs and feeding the chicks. The nest is located on mangrove trees, bushes or cacti, less often on the ground. One white egg is laid, which incubates for 40-50 days. At the age of 5-6 months, the chick learns to fly, but his parents continue to feed him for about six months. The lifespan of magnificent frigates can reach 26 years.


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Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI9UJXiN284