Description of the magnificient frigatebird
The magnificent frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) is a large species of seabird belonging to the Fregatidae family. It is known to be one of the most majestic and elegant birds in the ocean, with a wingspan of up to 8 feet. Male magnificient frigatebirds are particularly notable for their scarlet gular pouch, which they inflate to attract females during the breeding season. Females have more of a shiny black plumage, with a small red gular pouch. Magnificent frigatebirds are very skilled flyers, and can spend hours in the air without flapping their wings thanks to their long wingspan and ability to use air currents. They feed mainly on fishes and squids, which they catch by flying over the water.
When to see them?
Galapagos frigatebirds can be observed all year round in the Galapagos Islands. However, the best time to see them depends on what you want to see. If you want to see the males displaying their red throats to attract females, the best time is from August to November. If you want to see the males building nests and the females laying eggs, the best time is from December to May.
Where to observe them?
There are several islands in the archipelago where you can observe the magnificent frigatebird, including Genovesa, Seymour Norte, San Cristobal, Isabela and Santa Cruz. They can be observed on land and sea tours, by kayak or boat.