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Fregata magnificens   Mathews, 1914

magnificent frigatebird

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Aves | Ciconiiformes | Fregatidae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Others.  Tropical

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Eastern Pacific and Atlantic Ocean.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 114 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 8812); max. published weight: 1.7 kg (Ref. 356)

Short description Morphology

Culmen: 14.18 cm; tarsus: 7.62 cm; wing: 63.5 cm.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Total Length: 89 to 114 cm; Wingspan: 217 to 244 cm (Ref. 8812). This species is generally sedentary but some juveniles and non-breeders and juveniles are dispersed and displaced during hurricanes (Ref. 84934). Threats are human disturbance, direct persecution and habitat destruction (Ref. 84934). Mangrove trees in the Caribbean used by frigatebirds for nesting are usually destroyed by hurricanes (Ref. 87784). Dipping; offshore; continental shelf (Ref. 356). Found oversea and on the shore (Ref. 83946). Breeds colonially in mangroves or occasionally on the ground (Ref. 84934). Male frigatebirds are not monogamous. They start to attempt breeding with another female the year after it has stopped feeding the chick after circa 3 months and molts which leaves his previous female still raising its chick. This shows that for this species, females provide longer parental care than males (Ref. 87784).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Stiles, F.G. 1984. (Ref. 5856)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

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More information

Common names
Egg development
Mass conversion

Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(Publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | GOBASE | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | PubMed | Scirus | Tree of Life | uBio | uBio RSS | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
High to very high vulnerability (68 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)