Long-tailed Jaeger

Other Names: Long-tailed Skua

Distribution: Arctic coasts in summer; sub-Antarctic seas and islands in winter.

Description:

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.

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Long-tailed Jaeger

Long-tailed Jaeger

Bill Shape
hooked-seabird
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
aleutians
arizona
arkansas
atlanticcoast
baja california
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
greenland
hawaii
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
michigan
minnesota
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pacific coast
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
yukon
Tail Shape
unique-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Habitat
Oceans
Grasslands
Color
gray
white
Body Shape
gull
Size
large
Order
skuas and jaegers - stercorariidae
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species