Philatelic Aspects of Ascension

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Ascension Frigate Bird
  (frigata aquila)


A large, siniser-looking bird with a hooked beak and forked tail. From a large family, but this particular species is confined to the waters around Ascension Island.

The males have a conspicuous red pouch at the throat, which is inflated during breeding rituals. They breed only on Boatswain Bird Island, the one egg being laid in a mere scrape in the ground at any time of year.




Copyright © 2000, Neil MacFall
Created by Stephen C Fowler
Last revised on the 2nd of July 2000