Captured a marvel of nature – a baby feeding from a mother in a unique way
What’s inside your mouth, mom? A zoomed-in shot of a Frigatebird chick exploring the mother’s mouth for food
No, the mother is not about to swallow the baby. It is the baby that is reaching in to feed from the mother’s catch!
A baby chick reaches out to the mother – why?
To feed, of course!
A cute and fluffy baby frigatebird
It almost appears that this frigatebird is sitting on its wings
Female frigatebirds are black, but have a white breast and lower neck sides, a brown band on the wings, and a blue eye-ring that is diagnostic of the female of the species.
The Magnificent Frigatebird is 100 cm (39 in) long with a 215 cm (85 in) wingspan.
The Magnificent Frigatebird is 100 cm (39 in.) long with a 215 cm (85 in) wingspan. Males are all-black with a scarlet throat pouch that is inflated like a balloon in the breeding season. The contrast between the inflated versus deflated pouch above is striking.
The frigatebirds are a family of seabirds also sometimes called Man of War birds or Pirate birds. Since they are related to the pelicans, the term “frigate pelican” is also a name applied to them. They have long wings, tails, and bills and the males have a red gular pouch that is inflated during the breeding season to attract a mate.