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Galapagos Wildlife, Frigates bird

The frigates, also known as Man o War, are seabirds that are virtually waterproof. Named for his conduct pirate, is a large black bird, wings long, hooked beak and tail long and highly branched. Reproduction of the frigates is a wonderful example of animal behavior can be observed in the Galapagos Islands.

Data of interest

  • Scientific name:Frigates magnificens
  • Class:Birds
  • Family:Fregatidae
  • Size:105 cn
  • Weight:114 g

 

 

Frigates bird of Galapagos

Reproduction of the frigates is a wonderful example of animal behavior can be observed in the Galapagos Islands. In the Galapagos Islands there are two species of frigates: real and common. They are large birds, with a distance of 1.8 meters from the tips of the wings, are lightweight and have a long curved beak that allows them to catch fish without getting wet.

The frigates to steal from other birds feed mainly of red-footed boobies nest When it's time, take over nests of others, or fit with some sticks.

The frigates to steal from other birds feed mainly of red-footed boobies nest When it's time, take over nests of others, or fit with some sticks. When breeding season approaches, the male inflates his throat or belly, of a dazzling red (representing 40% of the total volume of the bird), and make your neck is the perfect weapon to attract females.

Courtship involves a series of sounds that range from the waving of the wings, to the drumming of the crop, the male can not waste time and should take the time to get to reproduce and pass their genes to the next generation. Females select males by combining two visual characteristics: the nest and the crop.

These birds produce only one egg, and their reproduction is almost every two years since it takes a year and a half to raise a small air acrobat future. They have one of the longest periods of immaturity of all birds, and possibly take another half year until breeding begins to fly.

The extraordinary procession of the frigates can be observed very closely in the Galapagos. In the trails of North Seymour and Genovesa islands, visitors can enjoy this unique experience.

Galapagos Wildlife, Frigates bird

Galapagos Wildlife

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