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Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) immature

Playa Mantas, Tarcoles, Costa Rica.


The Magnificent Frigatebird is a large bird, three feet in length and with a wingspan of over seven feet. It spends days and nights on the wing. It does not land on water, and takes it food items in flight. It feeds on fish, and harasses other seabirds to force them to disgorge their meals.


It is widespread in the tropical and subtropical waters off America, between northern Mexico and Ecuador on the Pacific coast and between Florida and southern Brazil along the Atlantic coast. There are also populations on the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific and the Cape Verde islands in the Atlantic.


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Taken on February 15, 2015