Frigate Bird, Fregata magnificens: The Frigate is a parasitic sea bird that is a member of the Fregatidae Family. It is a large bird of prey found only in the southern portions of North America near water.
The Frigate possesses the largest wing span (up to 7 feet), in proportion to it body size (up to 41 inches), in the world. It is also the most aerial of the water birds, making effortless glides on long pointed wings.
The common name of Man-O’-War was given due to its ability to steal food from other sea birds in flight and to harass them into dropping their prey. The Frigate has a long forked tail (which allows differentiation from the cormorants) with and elongated hooked gray bill.
The males are overall black in color but possess a red inflatable throat sack which appears during the fall breeding season. The female has a white breast but is otherwise all black. The juvenile has a white head and breast, but is otherwise all black.
The Frigate is a year-round resident of all Mexican waters south of Guerrero Negro and is abundant around all of the oceanic islands. It eats fish, jellyfish, carrion, eggs, and chicks of other sea birds. The Frigate has one brood per year, producing one egg which requires 50 days for incubation.