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Magnificent Frigatebird

by | Jun 15, 2022

Magnificent Frigatebird  Fregata magnificens

Texas Coastal / Offshore 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.

(1) TOS Handbook of Texas Birds; by Mark W. Lockwood and Brush Freeman (2005)
(2) Lower Texas Coast Status from Brad McKinney’s annotated checklist (updated 2009).

Seasonal Occurrence Graph

Texas Pelagics Sightings Distribution

This map shows the geographic distribution of Magnificent Frigatebird found in Offshore Texas (and Gulf of Mexico)
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