National Geographic : 1908 Jun
ONE SEASON'S GAME-BAG WITH CAMERA 401 YOUNG MAN-O'-WAR BIRD AT CLOSE RANGE The man-o'-war or frigate bird belongs to the inter-tropical seas. They have a greater expansion of wing in proportion to the weight of the body than any other bird, and in power of flight are unsurpassed, soaring for hours at a great height, often far out at sea. They live on flying fish or by robbing the boobies, gulls, and terns. The long, narrow, powerful bill has at the end a horny hook, in appearance and substance like a talon, while the feet, from lack of use, are small and atrophied. The male is a brilliant black and has a con cealed pouch of red skin which, when inflated, resembles a toy balloon; the female is brown ish black with a splotched breast of white. The single young is white with black wings, and always stands erect in the nest.