Parasitic Jaeger

Actic Skua, Stercorarius parasiticus - Light PhasDistribution / Range

Parasitic Jaegers breed in the north of Eurasia and North America, with significant populations as far south as northern Scotland.  In the British Isles, they nest in Shetland and Orkney, the Outer Hebrides, Sutherland, Caithness and various islands in Argyll.  These migrants spend the winters at sea in the southern oceans and the tropics.
 

Description

The Parasitic Jaeger measures about 41 cm in length, not including the pointed central tail feathers of the breeding adult.

Light phase adults:  Back is brown,  The underparts are mostly white.  The primary wing feathers are dark with a white "flash."  The neck and the head is yellowish-white with a black cap.

Dark phase adults: Plumage is dark brown.

Intermediate phase adults: Dark plumage with paler underparts, head and neck.

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Parasitic Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger

Bill Shape
hooked-seabird
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
aleutians
arizona
arkansas
atlanticcoast
baja california
british columbia
california
caribbean
colorado
connecticut
cuba
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
greenland
hawaii
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
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
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Habitat
Oceans
Grasslands
Color
brown
Body Shape
gull
Size
large
Order
skuas and jaegers - stercorariidae
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species