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Magnificent Frigatebird

Magnificent Frigatebird

This female Magnificent Frigatebird appears to be immature due to the lack of coloring around her beak. Females are larger than males and fullgrown adults can have wingspans of 8 feet across. She can be identified as a female due to her white coloring and lack of inflatable red gular sac.

Magnificent Frigatebirds can spend days or weeks at sea without landing. They are one of only two known bird species to be able to sleep while flying, only needing to land for mating. They are unable to land on the water and would likely be unable to escape the water if they came in contact with it. Instead they swoop down and catch fish jumping from the water to escape predators and flying fish.

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