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Travel Photo – Frigate Birds of Ecuador

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Frigate Birds on Isla de la Plata, in Manabí, Ecuador

Isla de la Plata is a small island off the coast of Manabí, Ecuador, and is part of Parque Nacional Machalilla.  It can be reached by boat from the city of Puerto López.  On the island, there is a large diversity of animal species.  For example, several species of booby, including the Blue-footed booby, Red-footed booby, and the Nazca booby.  Frigate birds such as those below are also found on the island.  Frigate birds are large, with iridescent black feathers (the females have a white underbelly), with long wings (male wingspan can reach 2.3 meters) and deeply-forked tails.  The males have inflatable red-colored throat pouches called “gular pouches”, which they inflate to attract females during the mating season.

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