frigate bird


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frig·ate·bird

also frigate bird  (frĭg′ĭt-bûrd′)
n.
Any of various tropical seabirds of the genus Fregata that have long powerful wings, dark plumage, and a hooked beak and characteristically snatch food from other birds in flight. Also called man-o'-war bird.

frigate bird

n
(Animals) any bird of the genus Fregata and family Fregatidae, of tropical and subtropical seas, having a long bill with a downturned tip, a wide wingspan, and a forked tail: order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, cormorants, etc). Also called: man-of-war bird

frig′ate bird`

or frig′ate•bird`,


n.
any of several long-winged, fork-tailed seabirds of the family Fregatidae, of tropical oceans, noted for snatching prey from other birds in flight.
[1730–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.frigate bird - long-billed warm-water seabird with wide wingspan and forked tailfrigate bird - long-billed warm-water seabird with wide wingspan and forked tail
pelecaniform seabird - large fish-eating seabird with four-toed webbed feet
Fregata, genus Fregata - type genus of the Fregatidae
References in classic literature ?
You are like a frigate bird swooping down upon the boobies and robbing them of the fish they have caught.
As a special treat, groups were taken by boat to experience the largest frigate bird sanctuary and nesting grounds in the world just 10 minutes away.
Large dolphin will be available along the edge and a sharp eye to the sky can help you spot the frigate bird that is stalking the bull dolphin, waiting for an opportunity to drop down to the surface and steal the fleeing baitfish.
The world's largest frigate bird sanctuary and nesting grounds is just 10 minutes by boat.
LOW BAY, Barbuda -- Lighthouse Bay Resort, an exclusive private island getaway in Barbuda, Eastern Caribbean, just a 15-minute flight from Antigua, provides its guests with an up close and personal encounter with the world's largest frigate bird sanctuary.
Anglers scour the calm morning seas looking for the usual fishing indicators "and never pass by a circling frigate bird," Twyford added.
One frigate bird in particular grabbed the popper I was fishing out of the water and flew off with it until the slack went out of the line.
Tours are available to the world's largest frigate bird sanctuary, Spanish Point, Two Foot Bay and Darby Caves.
And the pristine island of Barbuda is home to the largest frigate bird sanctuary in the Caribbean, in Codrington Lagoon National Park, with more than 170 bird species.