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Photo © by postcardcv
Salthouse, Norfolk, England, November 2007

Alternative Name: Pomarine Skua

Stercorarius pomarinus


53cm including 8cm tail projection of broad twisted streamers

Dark phased
Photo © by IanF North Gare, Seaton Carew, Cleveland, UK, November 2007

Pale Adult

  • Black cap
  • Dark upper parts
  • White underneath with brown breast band and flank bars
  • White flash on outer wing

Dark Adult all dusky-brown body
Juveniles and immature variably mottled buff/brown

Similar Species


Far north of Eurasia and North America. It is a migrant, wintering at sea in the tropical oceans.


This is a monotypic species[1].

First year bird
Photo © by storensten
Oberkirch, Switzerland, December 2010


It nests on arctic tundra and islands



It lays 2-3 olive-brown eggs in grass lined depressions.


Its diet includes lemmings and other rodents on the breeding grounds.

It will also kill birds up to the size of Common Gull.



  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Birdwatchers Pocket Guide ISBN 1-85732-804-3
  4. Collins Pocket Guide to British Birds 1966
  5. Collins Field Guid 5th Edition

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