Last modified on 24 June 2016, at 23:21


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Great Frigatebird
Fregata minor
Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Bilateria
Branch Deuterostomia
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Sub-phylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Class Information
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Aves
Sub-class Neornithes
Infra-class Neoaves
Order Information
Order Suliformes
Family Information
Family Fregatidae
Genus Information
Genera Fregata
Species Information
Species F. andrewsi
F. aquila
F. ariel
F. magnificens
F. minor
Population statistics

Frigatebirds are large seabirds found in tropical waters. There are five species, all very similar. They are related to gannets, cormorants and pelicans.

In the breeding season the male takes on a startling appearance, when its red throat pouch swells up almost to the end of its bill, in order to attract a female.

Frigatebirds are pirates on other birds; they attack smaller birds and force them to give up their catch of fish.[1]

One species, the Magnificent Frigatebird, nests in North America, in the Dry Tortugas off Florida.



  1. "Frigatebirds are pirates who harass incoming birds, especially boobies until the victim is so upset that it disgorges its catch" in [1]