Frigate Bird

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North Seymour Island
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Easily identified by the large red sac or "balloon" which the males inflate during their attempts to attract a mate, females and both genders in flight may be identified by their forked tails. Frigate birds may be found throughout many of the islands of the Galapagos and throughout the year, with the population around North Seymour representing the largest colony.

Two species of frigate birds inhabit the Galapagos Islands, the great frigate bird and the magnificent frigate bird. Telling them apart may present a bit of a challenge, with only a shimmer of colour setting their plumage apart. Males of the great frigate bird sporting a green metallic sheen and those of the magnificent frigate bird sporting a slight purple.

Selecting a cruise itinerary

Most cruise and expedition itineraries featuring North Seymour and the islands of Floreana, Genovesa, and San Cristobal may encounter these birds nesting or in flight.

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