Magnificent Frigatebird Magnificent Frigatebird
Fregata magnificens

Last updated 2/20/96

The Magnificent Frigatebird is a tropical species that spends summers along the Texas Coast. They are skilled flyers and gliders. At times I've mistaken one for a kite because of their ability to hover motionless into the wind. When robbing gulls they easily out maneuver them.

They have a long forked tail and long hooked beak. The males have a bright red bare-skinned throat. Often they will have it inflated. The females have white breasts and belly as do the immatures. Nothing really has the long dark narrow wings they do.

In recent summers they seem to be more numerous. I rarely missed them when on the coast in the summer of 1995.

Look for the Magnificent Frigatebird through out the summer and early fall along the coast. San Luis Pass (on the west end of Galveston Island), Galveston Island State Park, Bolivar Flats Bird Sanctuary, and Rollover Pass at Gilcrest on the Bolivar Peninsula. They are often seen at the hawk watch on Smith Point in the early fall..

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