Members of the family Fregatidae are known as frigatebirds. They have long and pointy wings, deeply forked tails, and long bills with a hook in the tip. Males have a red gular pouch that is inflated during the breeding season to attract a mate. Frigatebirds are pelagic piscivores that obtain most of their food on the wing. Male Frigatebirds have iridescent black feathers; the females have a white underbelly. As members of the Suliformes,
frigatebirds have the key characteristics of all four toes being connected by a web, but the webbing is reduced and part of each toe is free. Frigatebirds do not swim and cannot walk well. They are essentially aerial, able to stay aloft for more than a week, landing only to roost or breed. Frigatebirds are found over tropical oceans and ride warm updrafts. There is one genus and two species known to occur in Peru. Photo: Magnificent Frigatebird. ©Diego Garcia-Olaechea.