Order Suliformes

Family Fregatidae

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No close relatives identified#R.

  • Light, medium-sized to large seabirds with long, pointed wings and tail and long, hooked bill.
  • Pantropical.
  • Tropical and subtropical oceans, coastal and pelagic.
  • 71-114 cm.
  • 1 genus, 5 species, 13 taxa.
  • 2 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Orta, J. (2019). Frigatebirds (Fregatidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52202 on 14 December 2019).