Great Skua

Resembling a large, brown gull, this species is a powerful, predatory seabird that dominates others within its range. It feeds by catching fish, taking eggs and nestlings of seabirds, and killing adult birds, including gulls, ducks, and shorcbirds. Although its flight is normally powerful and slow, it can chase birds with speed and agility. It forces them to disgorge fish that they have swallowed. When nesting, it shows off a large, white patch on each wing in "raised wing" displays and fiercely attacks all intruders.

• NEST A depression on the ground, lined with grass, moss, or heather. Birds nest in colonies at a few locations on islands in the ocean.

• Distribution Breeds in

N. Atlantic. Winters at sea, some birds reaching equatorial waters.

strung tegs ebbedfeet

Plumage Scxcs 3nkc

Migration Mjgrant

Family j>TKRCORARII1 >AK

Species Stercorarius lungimudus

Length 22 jn (55 cm)

tight, slender build

DISTRIBUTION JUVENILE

DISTRIBUTION JUVENILE

tight, slender build

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