(Photo courtesy of DENR via Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
Bob Natural, a biologist and MBCFI's monitoring and evaluation officer, first spotted a single juvenile frigatebird
flying overhead when a survey team was taking a break along the beach.
Higher Cd concentrations were expected to occur in boobies than in frigatebirds
, as cephalopods present a greater importance in the diet of the former species than in that of the latter.
In the early nineteenth century, Ascension Island was home to more than 20 million seabirds, mainly masked boobies, black noddies, brown noddies, and Ascension frigatebirds
. The frigatebird
was considered to be the most important because it was endemic to the island.
The magnificent frigatebird
is listed as a high conservation concern by the North American Waterbird Conservation Plan because a decline in populations is suspected (Kushlan et al., 2002).
Notes on the breeding biology and behaviour of the magnificent frigatebird
. The Condor, vol.
Other birds that nest or roost in the refuge include the enormous Laysan albatross, which has a 6 1/2-foot winspang; the great frigatebird
(males have inflatable red pouches beneath their long beaks); long-tailed tropic birds; and the wedge-tailed shearwater, which skims the waves in search of small fish and squid.
Cimatu underscored the importance of protecting the country's National Parks, such as the Apo Reef National Park (ARNP) in the Province of Occidental Mindoro following the reported sighting of the Christmas frigatebird
(Fregata andrewsi) by conservation experts recently.
Going over the list of newbies on the CMS protective list is a treat for the imagination, with names such as Steppe Eagle, Asian Vulture, Sub-Saharan Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Christmas Frigatebird
, Black Noddy, Yellow Bunting, Lesser and Great Grey Shrike.
Some of the species represented include the Iberian hare, lions and giraffes, the Emperor penguin, peafowl, the African bullfrog, the Frigatebird
, the Red-Crowned Crane, the Guanaco, and the Grey Seal.
They precisely indicate four species of waterbirds nesting in Laguna de Cuyutlan: Magnificent Frigatebird
, Clapper/King Rail (either part of Rallus longirostris Boddaert 1783, or of R.
The adult male Magnificent Frigatebird
is currently under the watchful eyes of the zoo's vets after its marathon journey to UK shores.