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Great Frigatebird

(Fregata minor)
Alternate name(s): "Greater Frigate-bird", "Man-o'-war Bird*", "Man-o'-war Hawk*", "Seahawk*"
Size: 85-105 cm; wing span 2.05-2.3 m
Weight: 1.0-1.45 kg (male), 1.2-1.6 kg (female)

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Great Frigatebird at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "minor" or "palmerstoni"?

ADULT

MALE

Near-frontal view of a male Great Frigatebird; note the feathers on the side of the gular sac (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

Near-frontal view of a male Great Frigatebird (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

Lateral view of a male Great Frigatebird; note the feathers on the side of the gular sac (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

FEMALE

Near-lateral view of a female Great Frigatebird in flight (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

Lateral view of a female Great Frigatebird in flight (photo courtesy of H. Mouritsen)
[One Tree Island, Capricornia Cays NP, QLD, January 2011]

Lateral view of a female Great Frigatebird in flight (photo courtesy of D. Williams)
[Newcastle Harbour, NSW, January 2015]

Ventral view of a female Great Frigatebird in flight (photo courtesy of D. Williams)
[Newcastle Harbour, NSW, January 2015]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of an immature female Great Frigatebird (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

Near-frontal view of an immature female Great Frigatebird perched in a tree; the white breast characterises this bird as a female, while the bluish eye-ring indicates an immature bird (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, QLD, January 2006]

Lateral view of an immature female Great Frigatebird (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

Lateral view of an immature female Great Frigatebird (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

Female Great Frigatebird, centre, and two immature males, left and right, in flight (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

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