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Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) and the Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens).                        Fregatidae

Distribution: Coastal on Galápagos Islands
pagos, North Seymour Island and most commonly Genovesa  Island.  Both species are found elsewhere in the Atlantic also.  In addition three other great pantropical frigatebird species are found elsewhere but not on the Galapagos Islands.  Habitat: Frigatebirds build nests in low-lying shrubs and producing a single egg.  They cannot swim because they will drown in water. They have a small uropygial gland thus have very limited oil for their feathers.

Appearance: They look like giant blackish swallows with  a wingspan of approximately seven feet and their deeply forked scissor-like tails afford them excellent  maneuverability. Males have large red gular sacs or throat sacs during mating season.  Male F. minor has green irridescence  while F. Magnificens has purple irridescence on it feathers.Reproduction: Nests in low-lying shrubs and produce a single egg. Both parents take turns feeding for the first three months but then only by the mother for another eight months. It takes so long to rear a chick that frigatebirds cannot breed every year. It is typical to see juveniles as big as their parents waiting to be fed.