Kingdom : Animalia
                           Class : Aves
                        Family : Fregatidae
         Scientific Name : Fregata

                       Size(H) : 65cm - 100cm 
                                          (25in - 39in)
                 Wing Span : 150cm - 250cm 
                                          (59in - 98in)
                       Weight : 0.9kg - 1.9kg 
                                          (1.9lbs - 4.2lbs)
                  Top Speed : 15km/h (9mph)

                   Life Span : 15 - 25 years
                       Colour : Black, White,
                                        Brown, Red
                  Skin Type : Feathers
 Distinctive Features : Large wingspan and 
                                      enlarged red throat
                                       of the male
  1. Frigatebirds are sea birds found in the warm, tropical regions.
  2. They are also known as the pirate bird and man of war bird.
  3. They are also related quite closely to pelicans and are also known as the frigate pelicans.
  4. They are large birds often growing between 65cm and 100cm in height.
  5. Their enormous wingspan is known to exceed 2m.
  6. They are black in color
  7. Distinctively, male frigate birds usually have a throat pouch that is red in color and is inflated during the mating season to attract the females.
  8. The female frigate birds can be distinguished by a white patch which is present on their underside.
  9. There are 5 species – The Ascension Frigatebird, The Christmas Frigatebird, The Lesser Frigatebird, The Magnificent Frigatebird and The Great Frigatebird.
  10. Interestingly, they are known to be air-borne for almost a week at a stretch and land afterwards to rest.
  11. Their enormous wingspan which is huge in comparison to their body makes this possible.
  12. Although they are incredible flyers, frigatebirds cannot walk or swim.
  13. They are carnivores feeding on fish, mollusks, crustaceans, and small turtles.
  14. Most of the times, they are required to just take their prey from water without landing on water.
  15. They have no natural predators as they are huge and airborne most of the times.
  16. Sometimes, their eggs are hunted by domestic cats, rats, and stoats.
  17. The female frigatebird lays an egg every 2 years and the chicks take around 9 months to rear.

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