Catharacta antarctica II
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Skuas are seabirds in the family Stercorariidae. The three smaller skuas are called jaegers in North America.
The name skua comes from Faroese sk˙gvur IPA: [ˈskɪkvʊɹ] (Stercorarius skua), and the island of Sk˙voy is renowned for its colony of that bird. Jaeger is derived from the German word Jńger, meaning hunter.
Skuas nest on the ground in temperate and Arctic regions and are long-distance migrants.
Outside the breeding season they take fish, offal and carrion. Many are partial kleptoparasites, chasing gulls, terns and other seabirds to steal their catches; the larger species also regularly kill and eat adult birds, up to the size of Great Black-backed Gulls. On the breeding grounds they commonly eat lemmings, and the eggs and young of other birds.
Other Brown Skua
This photo is taken in King George Island
in Antarctica. Original format.
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- [2008-06-30 23:25]
Thanks for the photo and the information
What a big bird !
A very nice photo
I wonder what info you could find out about this bird from its ring on its leg?