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Frigate Bird Chick Seeking a Regurgitated Meal at Darwin Bay, Genovesa, Galapagos Islands | by D200-PAUL
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Frigate Bird Chick Seeking a Regurgitated Meal at Darwin Bay, Genovesa, Galapagos Islands

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According to Wikipedia, Frigate Birds generally lay one white egg per clutch. Both parents take turns feeding for the first three months but then only the mother feeds the young for another eight months. It takes so long to rear a chick that Frigate Birds cannot breed every year. It is typical to see juveniles as big as their parents waiting to be fed. When they sit waiting for endless hours in the hot sun, they assume an energy-efficient posture in which their head hangs down, and they sit so still that they seem dead. But when the parent returns, they will wake up, bob their head, and scream until the parent opens its mouth. The hungry juvenile plunges its head down the parent's throat and feeds at last.

 

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Frigate Bird Chick Seeking a Regurgitated Meal at Darwin Bay, Genovesa, Galapagos Islands

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Taken on July 10, 2012