frigate bird

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also frigate bird  (frĭg′ĭt-bûrd′)
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

(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`,

any of several long-winged, fork-tailed seabirds of the family Fregatidae, of tropical oceans, noted for snatching prey from other birds in flight.
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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
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You are like a frigate bird swooping down upon the boobies and robbing them of the fish they have caught.
The storyline follows Columbus across the Atlantic and features singing frigate birds, arawak dancers and an unrequited love story between the explorer and Queen Isabella.
During an amazing afternoon snorkelling along the resort's reefs, I swam with a shoal of grunts and saw a sharptail snake eel wind its way below, as pelicans and frigate birds dived for supper above.
The savvy offshore fisherman is looking for frigate birds diving to the surface as they try and steal a fleeing ballyhoo or flying fish that is being pursued by a large predator.
Cancun is home to a spectacular array of birds including Frigate birds and Toucans.
After snorkelling above vibrant coral, it was extraordinary to watch brown-footed boobies and frigate birds with puffed out chests at the South Water Caye Marine Reserve, where we also witnessed gentle manatees or 'sea cows' in the shelter of the mangrove islands (
On rat-free islands, seabirds including boobies, frigate birds,
That includes the kleptoparasitism of certain gulls and frigate birds, who will cunningly steal meals from other birds, even nestlings.
Painter and ornithologist John James Audubon sailed out here in 1832 to study the terns, cormorants, gulls, plovers, peregrine falcons and large-winged frigate birds. When Ernest Hemingway came to Key West in 1928, he hired a boat and set off with two friends to fish off this archipelago of seven sandy spits about 68 miles west of Key West.
It was not difficult to find the saillies as they were always followed by Frigate birds, cruising hundreds of feet up, and directly under the Frigates would be a few smaller gulls.