29 August, 2009

Great Skua

Scientific Name: Stercorarius skua

Population Estimate: 50K

Range / Habitat: Breeds on moorland near the sea. Winters at sea.These birds are summer visitors to Scotland and many winter along the Atlantic coast of Europe.
Field Notes: It is the sheer bulk of this bird which makes it quite different from the other skuas. Its broader wings, short tail big body and thick neck are more reminiscent of the bigger gulls but this bird has bold white wing panels even more conspicuous than in the other skuas.

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