Order: Pelecaniformes | Family: Fregatidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult
Sex: Female
Loc. Tumbez, Peru
Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Loc. Piura, Peru
Age: Juvenile
Sex: Unknnown
Loc. Tumbez. Peru
Age: Adult
Sex: Males
Loc. Tumbez, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~85.3 cm (33.8 in). The Magnificent Frigatebird has very long, pointy black wings, a deeply forked tail, and a unique shape in flight. Adult males are black, adult females have a black head (hood) and white belly. Juveniles have white head and white belly with dark broken bands across the belly. Very similar to Great Frigatebird.

Status: The Magnificent Frigatebird is restricted to the warm ocean waters of the extreme northwest Peru (Departments of Tumbez and Piura). It expands southward during ‘El Niño events. It also occurs in Co, and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Avegragata Magnifica.

Sub-species: Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) Mathews, 1914.

Meaning of Name:  Fregata: French mariner’s name; for the swift and rapacious habits of frigatebirds. magnificent: L Splendid.

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Distribution Map
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