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Merlin Bird ID

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    Magnificent Frigatebird Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Magnificent Frigatebirds are large seabirds with long, angular wings. They have a deeply forked tail that is often held closed in a point. The bill is long and sturdy with a prominently hooked tip.

      Relative Size

      Larger than a Brown Pelican, smaller than an American White Pelican.

      Relative Sizegoose or largergoose-sized or larger
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 35.0-44.9 in (89-114 cm)
        • Weight: 35.3-67.0 oz (1000-1900 g)
        • Wingspan: 85.4-88.2 in (217-224 cm)