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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Arctic Skua

Hebrides Bird Sightings - Arctic Skua

Arctic Skua

(Parasitic Skua, Arctic Jaeger)

Stercorarius parasiticus

Gaelic: Fàisgadair

Photograph © Martin Scott
Brue - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
17th September, 2006

 

Our Skua photographs

Great skua
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Great skua
Great Skua
Great Skua Chick
Great Skua Chick
Arctic Skua
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Great Skua
Flight
Great Skua
Flight
Great Skua
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Great Skua
Chick
still downy
Great Skua
Chick
1 week later

 

  • Arctic Skua
  • Stercorarius parasiticus
  • Gaelic: Fàisgadair
  • UK: Estimated 3,200 breeding pairs
  • WI: Uncommon migrant breeder (10-99 breeding pairs) and usually uncommon passage visitor (low numbers)
  • We have three different plumage forms of the Arctic Skua: pale, medium and dark.
    Very distinctive tail - easiest identification feature. A pirate that will harrass another bird until it drops it's food.
  • Max recorded life span 25 years
  • Similar birds: Pomarine Skua , Long-tailed Skua, Great Skua

 

Actic Skua records in the Western Isles

Uncommon migrant breeder (10-99 breeding pairs) and usually uncommon passage visitor (low numbers)
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)


On the chart below the darker the shade of blue the more abundant the Arctic Skua is during a month or the more likely you are to see it.

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F

M

A

M

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A

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N

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(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

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