|Pomarine Jaeger Stercorarius pomarinus
(aka Pomarine Skua)
|St Kilda, Scotland
The Pomarine Jaeger breeds in the arctic tundra from European Russia, through Siberia to North America and Greenland. They winter mainly north of the Equator off West Africa, for example, and off the south-east USA.
|During the breeding season they feed mainly on lemmings but also take eggs and young birds. During the winter, they feed mainly on fish.
Like the Arctic Skua, there are two main plumage types: the light morph, as seen in these photos; and a dark morph. They look fairly similar to the Arctic Jaeger but, for most of the year, have a spoon shaped tail. They are also more gull-like in flight and have a deeper chest.