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Brown Skua

(Stercorarius antarcticus)
Alternate name(s): "Antarctic Skua", "Great Skua", "Subantarctic Skua", "Southern Skua", "Southern Great Skua", "hakoakoa"
Size: 50-58 cm; wing span 1.25-1.4 m
Weight: 1.2-2.2 kg


Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Brown Skua at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "lonnbergi"


Sex unknown

Lateral view of a Brown Skua (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Antarctica, January 2005]

Lateral view of a Brown Skua floating on coastal water (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Flinders Bay, Augusta, WA, May 2015]

Adult Brown Skua protecting its nest, in the process displaying its characteristic underwing pattern (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Macquarie Island, Southern Ocean, December 1993]

Squabbling bunch of Brown Skuas (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Macquarie Island, Southern Ocean, December 1993]

(Bad) photo of a Brown Skua in flight, seen from underneath
[22 NM (40 km) ESE of Terrigal, NSW, July 2013]

Food, Diet

Next to fresh kills, Brown Skuas also feed on carrion.

Northern Giant-Petrel, centre, and three Brown Skuas feeding on a seal carcass (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Macquarie Island, Southern Ocean, December 1993]

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