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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.
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Going over the list of newbies on the CMS protective list is a treat for the imagination, with names such as Steppe Eagle, Asian Vulture, Sub-Saharan Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Christmas Frigatebird, Black Noddy, Yellow Bunting, Lesser and Great Grey Shrike.
While swimming in the bath-warm Caribbean waters, I'm amazed to see a frigatebird as large as a pterodactyl circling above, before flying off to play-fight with its friends.
His cheerful stylized images of the red knot, king eider, frigatebird and, in a nod to his time in Sarasota, the roseate spoonbill, are imprinted on a whopping 6 million postcards.
From graceful frigatebird that can nap while soaring in the air, to the hibernating grizzly bear, horses that sleep while standing up, and the dolphin whose brain is half asleep and half awake, these amazing animal facts may astound adults as well as little ones.
Catch Great Frigatebird soaring from the cliffs in the north of the island, or spot the enigmatic Seychelles Magpie Robin -- once deemed the rarest bird in the world.
But since the last of the cats was trapped in Cricket Valley on the far east of the island in 2006, boobies have begun to return, and there's a single nest of the endemic Ascension frigatebird.
The news marks the success of a project that has cost British taxpayers more than 500,000[pounds sterling] (812,610) and has involved the eradication of hundreds of feral cats that had been eating frigatebird chicks.
Silver Gulls were observed to harass and mob predators such as Eastern Barn Owl, Brown and Peregrine Falcons, White-bellied Sea-Eagle and Frigatebird, but were tolerant of Kelp and Pacific Gulls unless they approached occupied nests or runners.
For species seen only once or twice, a long time ago, like Great Spotted Cuckoo, one record in 1979, Great Frigatebird, seen once, in 1982, or Mute Swan, with two records from 1984 and 1985, or even Slender-billed Curlew, 5 records, the last in 1999, it's understandable that no Eriksen picture is available.
The magnificent frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)isa synchronously breeding and colonial-nesting seabird that has the longest period of parental care among all seabirds.
From one viewing point we watched the feeding habits of the Magnificent Frigatebird, whose clever trick is to attack a smaller bird in flight and shake it until it vomits.
guianensis: frigatebird, Fregata magnificens (Matheus, 1914); brown boobie, Sula leucogaster (Boddaert, 1783); Neotropic cormorant, Phalacrocorax brasilianus (Gmelin, 1789); and tern, Sterna sp.