Great frigatebird (Fregata minor) - male with inflated pouch
Punta Cevallos, Española or Hood Island
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS ECUADOR South America
RANGE: They breed in the w, e and central Pacific and Revillagigedo, Cocos and Galapagos Islands. Also on Trindade Island, Martin Vaz Island and range to Brazil. In the w Indian Ocean on Aldabra and adjacent islands as well as Christmas Island. In the S. China Sea on Paracel Island.
This is one of 2 species found in Galapagos. They have the largest wingspan-to-bodyweight ratio of any bird making them highly manoeuvrable and acrobatic. These seabirds range long distances to feed, scooping fish off the surface as they can not land at sea.