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South Polar Skua

(Stercorarius maccormicki)
Alternate name(s): "MacCormick's Skua"
Size: 53 cm; wing span ca. 1.3 m
Weight: 0.9-1.6 kg


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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See South Polar Skua at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Light morphology


Sex unknown

Two South Polar Skuas on a rockface (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Windmill Islands, Antarctica, December 1993]

Distant lateral view of a South Polar Skua in flight; note the conspicuous flash on the wing and the contrast between dark wing and lighter-grey body (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[22 NM off Southport, Gold Coast, QLD, April 2018]

South Polar Skua in flight seen against a leaden background sky (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[22 NM off Southport, Gold Coast, QLD, April 2018]

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