Other Names: Long-tailed Skua
Distribution: Arctic coasts in summer; sub-Antarctic seas and islands in winter.
Size: 38-58 cm in length (up to 29 cm of which is accounted for by the tail) with a 102-117 cm wingspan and a weight of 230-444 g.
Plumage: Adults have a pale yellow neck and throat with a highly contrasting black crown, white breast fading into gray undersides, and matte gray wings. The tail is black with two black feathers noticeably longer than the others trailing behind. The legs and beak are black and the eyes are black with pale yellow eyerings.
Juveniles have variable plumage, but are generally darker and more drab than adults. Many have gray-brown backs, throats, and undersides.