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Despite transoceanic migrations, frigatebirds cannot rest on the surface of the sea when tired or dive into the water for fish, like pelicans and other sea-going birds. By a quirk of evolution, these birds are missing a uropygial gland, the oil gland just above the tail that allows most water birds to preen their feathers with oil to waterproof them. So how do they eat when migrating for months? The frigatebird dines on the fly, literally, grabbing jumping fish in midair, or skimming the sea’s surface for tuna, herring, and other treats. | Photo by Robbie Lisa Freeman.

Frigatebird, St. Thomas, birding, birdwatching, Lisa Robbie Freeman

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