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Great Frigatebird • Hawaiian Name: ‘Iwa
A young female Great Frigatebird glides by a group of males displaying their inflated throat pouches in attempt to attract a mate. They have the appearance of a prehistoric pterodactyl as they easily soar on long angular wings. Great Frigatebirds have a body length of 43” and a wing span of 90”. Their habit of relentless harassment of Boobies, Shearwaters and Red-Tailed Tropicbirds to force them to drop their food gives the Frigatebird an ominous character.
On the lighter side, I have observed flying Great Frigatebirds playing with sea shells and taking sticks from
my hand and returning them to me. These birds can also show great tenderness and devotion with their
© 1996 Victoria McCormick
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