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amusing scientific name[edit]

(Aah its all coming back to me) - now I remember this as having an amusing epithet minor despite it being the Great(er) Frigatebird. Does anyone have a refernce and a reason for this as it is an amusing trivia bit for the lead. (I might have to google this....) cheers, Casliber | talk | contribs 22:45, 21 March 2007 (UTC)

At a guess it was described at the same as the Magnificent Frigatebird, which is bigger. And then aquired the common name much later. Sabine's Sunbird talk 23:36, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
Or maybe not. I'll look it up on the BNA website later. Sabine's Sunbird talk 23:43, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
According to the synonym it was originally in the same genus as the pelicans. I guess the friugatebird was smaller than the pelican, hence minor. Sabine's Sunbird talk 20:31, 17 May 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, I think that makes most sense. The Magnificent was not described until much later. But it might be good to discuss this in the text; for one thing it is funny, for another - I have seen not a few pre-20th century sources which actually refer to F. minor as the "Lesser" frigatebird, so such a note will help editors to look at their sources closely. Dysmorodrepanis (talk) 20:10, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

deceptive[edit]

Does 'deceptive' have a scientific meaning, or is the opening line of the article trying teach you how crafty the Great Frigatebird can be? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.136.100.138 (talk) 20:56, 28 January 2014 (UTC)

Gular sac[edit]

...Both sexes have a patch of red skin at the throat that is the gular sac; in male great frigatebirds this is inflated in order to attract a mate...

I am not an expert but -after consulting my bibliography-, I think that ONLY males have the patch of red skin at the throat, that later is inflated. The females have grey on skin and throat. Please, check it out! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 94.65.46.213 (talk) 10:26, 1 May 2015 (UTC)

I agree, the article is wrong. Brien, RM (1990) here has on page 913: "ADULT FEMALE. ... Lacks inflatable gular pouch, though residual gular patch, light salmon." I'll correct the article when I have time. Aa77zz (talk)