European birds    Bird names   News   Family groups 1-26    Glossary    Plumage    Tips    Thumbnails    Gen. info    Credits    Photos for sale   
NON-PASSERINES     1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10     11     12     13     14 15     16     17     18     19     20     21     22     23     24     25     26     PASSERINES
Common names sorted alphabetically: A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   R   S   T   V   W   Y  

10

Great Skua

(Stercorarius skua)
German name(s): "Große Raubmöwe"
Size: 50-58 cm; wing span 1.25-1.40 m
Weight: 1.2-1.5 kg

Similar species

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

Physical description

Click here for a physical description

Taxonomy, classification

See Great Skua at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

Click here for information on habitat and range

Sightings

Click here for sighting information

Photos

ADULT

Sex unknown

Lateral view of a Great Skua in flight, wings up (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Off Sagres, Algarve, Portugal, October 2018]

Lateral view of a Great Skua in flight, wings down (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Off Sagres, Algarve, Portugal, October 2018]

The white wing flashes of a Great Skua can be seen from a long way out (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Off Sagres, Algarve, Portugal, October 2018]

Distant dorsal view of a Great Skua in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Port of Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, March 2019]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-frontal view of a juvenile Great Skua; note the heavy bill with dark tip (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Port of Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, January 2019]

Near-lateral view of a juvenile Great Skua; note the pale markings on the wing feathers (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Port of Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, January 2019]

Lateral view of a juvenile Great Skua (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Port of Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, January 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a juvenile Great Skua in flight; note the conspicuous wing flashes
[Port of Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, January 2019]

These pages are largely based on our own observations and those of our contributors. The structure of these bird pages is explained HERE. For more salient facts on any bird species please refer to a field guide.

Would you like to contribute photos or sound recordings to this site?
If interested, please CLICK HERE. Credits to contributors are given HERE.