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Parasitic Jaeger

(Stercorarius parasiticus)
Alternate name(s): "Arctic Jaeger", "Arctic Skua", "Parasitic Skua"
Size: 41-48 cm, incl. streamers up to 7 cm; wing span 1.1-1.25 m
Weight: 300-650 g

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Parasitic Jaeger at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat

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Pale morphology



Sex unknown

Near-dorsal view of a pale morph Parasitic Jaeger banking to land on water
[Quriyyat, May 2010]

Dorsal view of a pale morph Parasitic Jaeger coming in low
[Quriyyat, May 2010]

Dorsal view of a pale morph Parasitic Jaeger touching down; note the silvery "flashes" on the primaries, which are characteristic of the species (as opposed to the0 Long-tailed Jaeger [not described here yet])
[Quriyyat, May 2010]

Dark morphology

Dark morphology Parasitic Jaegers have been photographed in Australia.

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