The magnificent frigatebird, a rare visitor to the Outer Banks
Published 8:44 am Tuesday, January 26, 2021
The magnificent frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) is a rare Outer Banks visitor.
It feeds on squid, fish, jellyfish, hatchling turtles, young beach nesting birds and crustaceans (shrimp, crabs, lobster, etc.). They scoop their food from the beach or water’s surface without landing and barely scraping the surface.
Recently seen over Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, magnificent frigatebirds are master gliders and can soar for hours with barely a flap of their wings.