are a family of seabirds
. There are five species
in the single genus Fregata
. They are 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.
Frigatebirds are pelagic piscivores
that obtain most of their food on the wing. A small amount of their diet is obtained by robbing other seabirds
, a behaviour that has given the family its name, and by snatching seabird chicks. Frigatebirds are seasonally monogamous
, and nest colonially
. A rough nest is constructed in low trees or on the ground on remote islands.
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