Fregata minor | great frigatebird | ʻiwa

indigenous

Other Names: iwa

Often soaring high in the sky, the ʻiwa is commonly seen throughout the pacific They are easy to spot with their large black body and 7 ½-foot wingspan. Females have white breast feathers, while the males have a bright red throat pouch that they inflate like a balloon to attract females. In the Hawaiian language, ʻiwa means thief and refers to their bullying of other seabirds to drop their food, which they then swoop down to steal. Often, a group of ʻiwa is an omen of stormy weather approaching.

Hotspots for great frigatebird

Open Ocean

Open Ocean

Keāhole Point

Open Ocean

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Wailoa River State Park

Coastal Wetland

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Loko Waka Pond

Coastal Wetland

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