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
    Measurements
    • 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)