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Male Great Frigatebird nesting on Genvoesa in the GalapagosFrigate birdMale Great FrigatebirdGreat Frigatebird chick begging for food from its motherFemale Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) flyingLesser Frigatebird, Western Australia Juvenile Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)Great Frigatebirds chasing booby to steal foodA male and a female Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata Magnificens)
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Frigatebird Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum
Aves
Order:
A group of animals within a class
Pelecaniformes
Family:
A group of animals within an order
Fregatidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family
Fregata
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
Fregata
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to
Bird
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats
Carnivore
Size (H):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
65cm - 100cm (25in - 39in)
Wing Span:
The measurement from one wing tip to the other
150cm - 250cm (59in - 98in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
0.9kg - 1.9kg (1.9lbs - 4.2lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
15km/h (9mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for
15 - 25 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Colony
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Black, White, Brown, Red
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Feathers
Favourite Food:Fish
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives
Tropical coasts and islands
Average Clutch Size:
The average number of eggs laif at once
1
Main Prey:Fish, Crab, Squid
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Humans, Rats, Cats
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal
Large wingspan and enlarged red throat of the male

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Frigatebird

The frigatebird (also known as the man of war bird and the pirate bird) is a species of sea-bird found in warmer, tropical regions. Frigatebirds are thought to be most closely related to pelicans giving rise to another name for them, which is the frigate pelican.

The frigatebird is a large species of sea-bird that has an enormous wingspan that often exceeds two meters in length. Male frigatebirds are most commonly known for their red throat pouch, which are inflated to attract female frigatebirds during the mating season.

Frigatebirds are generally black in colour although some frigatebirds look slightly browner than black. Outside of the mating season, male frigatebirds and female frigatebirds can be easily identified due to the fact that the female frigatebird has a white patch on her underside.

There are five different species of frigatebird that inhabit tropical islands and coasts, with the majority of frigatebird individuals being found in the Pacific Ocean although some do inhabit areas of both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. The magnificent frigatebird, the Ascension frigatebird, the Christmas frigatebird, the great frigatebird and the lesser frigatebird are the five different frigatebird species.

The frigatebird has the largest wingspan in comparison to it's body of any bird species in the world, so the frigatebird is naturally an adept pilot. Frigatebirds have been known to stay in the air for nearly a whole week and only land on the rocky cliffs to breed or to rest.

Unlike the incredible flying ability of the frigatebird, the frigatebird is unable to walk that well and cannot swim. Frigatebirds have a diet that consists of marine animals and so frigatebirds have to pluck their prey from the water without landing as they are unable to take-off from a flat surface such as water.

Frigatebirds are sea-birds and therefore tend to have a meat-based carnivorous diet. Firgatebirds primarily eat fish including flying fish, along with crustaceans, molluscs and even small sea turtles.

Due to the large size of the frigatebird and the fact that the frigatebird spends the majority of it's life in the air, frigatebirds have few natural predators with humans being the main predator of the frigatebird. Introduced species such as rats, stoats and domestic cats are commonly found hunting frigatebirds and their eggs on the land.

Female frigatebirds lay only one egg every couple of years as the frigatebird chicks taken an average of 9 months to rear. Both the male frigatebird and the female frigatebird feed their chick for the first few months but the male frigatebird will then leave the colony leaving the female frigatebird to do the rest of the rearing by herself.

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"why do they have red things on there ugly neck"
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First Published: 24th November 2009, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. Christopher Perrins, Oxford University Press (2009) The Encyclopedia Of Birds [Accessed at: 24 Nov 2009]
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