Manu Minute: ΄Iwa, the man-of-war bird
΄Iwa, also known as great frigatebirds, live their lives far above our heads. These birds can soar for hours, days, and even months, without landing. They even have the ability to sleep while in flight!
΄Iwa get a bad rap for their feeding behaviors. They'll use their natural agility to harass other seabirds into dropping their food, which ΄iwa can then scavenge. This practice of "kleptoparasitism" earned them the name ΄iwa, which can translate to "thief," as well as the nickname “man-of-war bird." Despite their reputation, great frigatebirds do catch a majority of their own meals.
Listen to our Manu Minute to hear more about the conservation and cultural significance of the ΄iwa!
Audio credit: Chandler Robbins/Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (ML32597)