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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Arctic Skua
(Parasitic Skua, Arctic Jaeger)
Photograph © Martin Scott
Brue - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
17th September, 2006
Our Skua photographs
- 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.
(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)
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