How a great frigate attracts a mate?

Great frigate bird courtship display.

Great frigate courtship displays

Quite naturally, many birds that have colorful feathers display them to attract a prospective mate.

But even the frigate bird, which has black feathers, puts on a colorful display.


Well, he has a pink throat pouch that turns a scarlet red at courtship time.

When the male inflates his “courtship balloon” and throws his head fully back, he makes quite an impression on any females flying overhead.

If a female frigate bird is interested, she flies lower and lands close to the male.

She may visit several courting males before making her choice.

But once she does, she may find herself literally embraced by an ardent male with outstretched wings.