Magnificent Frigatebird Seasonal Occurrence and Geographic Distribution

Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens

Status: Uncommon to common summer visitor to the immediate coast and in pelagic waters and rare at inland locales. Very rare in western Valley, accidental in winter.

Habitat: Seen along the immediate coast, where it can pirate food from coastal gulls and terns. Most often seen soaring high in the sky.

Similar Species: With long sharp-angled black wings and long forked tail, Magnificent Frigatebird is unmistakable.

© Copyright  Brad McKinney  31 October 31, 2004 (Status updated by Garett Hodne Nov 2014 )


The graph below shows the number and date of all Magnificent Frigatebird sightings on all Texas Pelagics from 1992 to 2014:
MAFR Graph


This map shows the geographic distribution of Magnificent Frigatebird sightings (black diamonds) on 27 Texas Pelagics mostly from South Padre Island, but also includes 1 trip from Port Aransas and 2 trips from Port O’Connor. Sighting coordinates from the remaining 25 + Texas Pelagics are not available.

Magnificent Frigatebirds are distributed typically closer to shore over the shelf with numbers dropping off into deep pelagic waters.

View Magnificent Frigatebird Distribution in a larger map

Click on the box in the upper left of the map to view the map legend.

Click on each sighting symbol and the data label will appear showing the time, date and the number of birds seen.

Click on the link on the bottom of the map to view a larger map.


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