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Magnificent Frigatebirds – Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

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North Seymour, Ecuador
South America


Jesse Marks
Jonah Marks

The magnificent frigatebird is the largest of the five species of frigatebirds. It can have a wingspan that measures over 200 cm. Large numbers of these seabirds nest on the Galápagos Islands. The males are all black, aside from a large, bright red throat pouch that inflates like a balloon during the mating season to attract females. They tap their beak against this membrane, creating this unique sound.

North Seymour, Ecuador