Dark brownish-black plumage
Long, pointed wings
Long, deeply forked tail
Long, hooked bill
Red throat patch which inflates to attract mate
White head and chest
Light bluish-grey legs, feet and bill
Listen to its call.
The first time I saw these magnificent birds in Puerto Vallarta, I was fascinated. They have a wingspan of up to seven feet and a slender, deeply-forked tail. Whenever I was near the shore, they could be seen hovering overhead. As the name suggests, truly magnificent!
Learn more about the Magnificent Frigatebird.