The Magnificent Frigatebird is the largest of the 5 species of
frigatebird. It ranges in the Pacific from Mexico to Ecuador
(including the Galapagos) and in the Atlantic from the Gulf
Coast of USA to Brazil. The bird also breeds in the Cape
These photos were taken by Alexandra Makhnina in Costa Rica.
male is black with a purple sheen and a large red
gular sac which he inflates when courting. The female has a
white front and blue eye-rings. The juvenile has a white head
and white front.
feed mainly in flight from the sea surface but also by making
other birds relinquish or regurgitate their food.