female, as told by white breast; long pink bill (Hawaii, USA; 2007-04-01)

Great Frigatebird
Fregata minor

Native Range: Tropical Oceans

Notes: like other frigatebird species, an amazing soaring creature; sexually dimorphic, with male being almost entirely black; nests colonially in nest built of sticks placed in the crowns of bushes or small trees.

deeply forked tail; long pointed wings (Hawaii, USA; 2007-04-01)

scratching an itch while in flight (Hawaii, USA; 2007-04-01)

can soar for endless hours. like a glider plane (Hawaii, USA; 2007-04-01)

juvenile, as told by white head (Hawaii, USA; 2007-04-01)

female feeding a juvenile (Galapagos, Ecuador; 2005-06-01)

female on nest with a chick (Galapagos, Ecuador; 2005-06-01)

preening (Galapagos, Ecuador; 2005-06-01)

male on nest; note the red throat pouch (Galapagos, Ecuador; 2005-06-01)

male; back had a glossy-green tinge (Galapagos, Ecuador; 2005-06-01)

female on nest (Galapagos, Ecuador; 2005-06-01)