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Galapgos Birds #17 Magnificent Frigatebird - Female (Fregata Magnificens)

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They started following the boat as soon as we left the dock. A female Magnificent Frigate Bird I believe. Apparently they are identified by the colours (green or purple tinge) on their back - which I cannot see. The males are black with a red sack under their beak, which they inflate to attract a mate.

Immature frigates look more like the female. I will post a picture in due course as we visited Seymour Island the frigate breeding colony, or some may say a pirate colony.

If I am wrong, it will be a Great Frigate Bird

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