Pomarine Jaeger Stercorarius pomarinus
(aka Pomarine Skua)
Pomarine Skua, St Kilda, Scotland, August 2003 - click for larger image St Kilda, Scotland
August 2003

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.

Pomarine Skua, St Kilda, Scotland, August 2003 - click for larger image 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.

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