Christmas Frigatebird

It is estimated that the population of this species will decline by 80 percent in the next 30 years due to predation of the young by the introduced yellow crazy ant , which has devastated the wildlife of the island, and has also killed 10–20 million Christmas Island red crabs.

The Christmas Frigatebird is classified as Critically Endangered (CR), facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

Videos and images Christmas frigatebird in flight The Christmas frigatebird is a very large, mostly black seabird with a glossy green sheen to feathers of the head and back. Females are larger than males; they have a white breast and belly, a narrow white collar around the lower neck and a whitish ... More

Christmas frigatebird in flight Christmas frigatebird in flightPrint factsheet Facts - Also known as: Andrew's or Christmas Island frigatebird French: Frégate D'Andrews Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chordata Class Aves Order Pelecaniformes Family Fregatidae More

The Christmas frigatebird (Fregata andrewsi) and the Ascension Island frigatebird (F. aquila) are listed as Critically Endangered Distribution Breed on isolated tropical islands and tend to remain fairly local to those places when feeding and during the nonbreeding season; the genus ranges worldwide in tropical and subtropical coastal waters Evolution and systematics The five species of frigatebirds (genus Fregata) are the only ones in the family Fregatidae. More

The Christmas frigatebird and the Ascension Island frigatebird are listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN. Both of these extremely rare species have suffered greatly from destruction of their breeding habitat and from predation and habitat damage caused by introduced animals. Significance to humans - Frigatebirds are not of much direct importance to humans, except for the economic benefits of tourism related to birdwatching and ecotourism. More

frigatebird, the Christmas frigatebird, the great frigatebird and the lesser frigatebird are the five different frigatebird species. The frigatebird has the largest wingspan in comparison to it's body of any bird species in the world, so the frigatebird is naturally an adept pilot. Frigatebirds have been known to stay in the air for nearly a whole week and only land on the rocky cliffs to breed or to rest. More

Nice selection of Christmas frigatebird video clips available in various formats Frigatebird MOV View Movie Frigatebird With Sailboat In Background Great Frigatebird WMV View Movie Internet Bird Collection An immature flying to perch on a tree. Midway Atoll, Hawai, USA (ssp. palmerstoni). Great Frigatebird WMV View Movie Internet Bird Collection An immature harassing a Red-footed Booby. More

Picture of Fregata andrewsi above has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.
Original source: Collection Georges Declercq
Author: Collection Georges Declercq
Permission: Some rights reserved
Order : Pelecaniformes
Family : Fregatidae
Genus : Fregata
Species : andrewsi
Authority : Mathews, 1914