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Family Fregatidae


Fregata minor

Male Great Frigate, Midway
Male Great Frigate, Midway

Male, Eastern Island, Midway Atoll


Haleiwa, Oahu

Haleiwa, Oahu


Female, Frigate Point, Midway Atoll

Male, Frigate Point, Midway Atoll


Common around the Hawaiian Islands typically soaring high above the sea surface.  Unable to get wet, they feed by stealing prey from other birds and raiding nests.  Males inflate a large red throat pouch during courtship.

State of Hawaii DLNR Factsheet