Stercorariidae – Skuas

Chilean Skua (Stercorarius chilensis) by Daves BirdingPix

Chilean Skua (Stercorarius chilensis) by Daves BirdingPix

So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:21 NKJV)


CLASS – AVES, Order – CHARADRIIFORMES, Family – Stercorariidae – Skuas


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Species (7)

Stercorarius
Chilean Skua (Stercorarius chilensis) by Daves BirdingPix
South Polar Skua (Stercorarius maccormicki) by S Slayton
Brown Skua (Stercorarius antarcticus) by Ian
Great Skua (Stercorarius skua) ©WikiC
Pomarine Jaeger (Stercorarius pomarinus) by Ian
Parasitic Jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) by Ian
Long-tailed Jaeger (Stercorarius longicaudus) ©USFWS
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The skuas (pron.: /ˈskjuːə/) are a group of seabirds with about seven species forming the family Stercorariidae and the genus Stercorarius. The three smaller skuas are called jaegers in the Americas.

The English word “skua” comes from the Faroese name skúgvur [ˈskɪkvʊər] for the Great Skua, with the island of Skúvoy renowned for its colony of that bird. The general Faroese term for skuas is kjógvi [ˈtʃɛkvə]. The word “jaeger” is derived from the German word Jäger, meaning “hunter”.

Skuas nest on the ground in temperate and Arctic regions, and are long-distance migrants. They have even been sighted at the South Pole. (Wikipedia with editing)

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