Pomarine Jaeger

Other Names: Pomarine Skua

Distribution: arctic coasts in summer; tropical and subtropical Southern Hemisphere coasts and shallow seas in winter.

Pomarine Skua distribution range map

Description:

Size: 42-50 cm in length with a 115-125 cm wingspan. Adults weigh 540-920 g.

Plumage: Two main morphs can be found: light and dark. Light-morph adults have a brown back, white breast, and dark gray flight feathers with a single streak of white going down the middle of each. The throat and neck are light yellow with a black cap on the head. Dark morph adults are mostly dark brown, but also have the white streak on the flight feathers. In breeding adults of both morphs, the two central tail feathers are much longer than the others and twisted 90 degrees. Juveniles resemble the dark morph in color uniformity, but are medium gray.

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Pomarine Jaeger

Pomarine Jaeger

Bill Shape
hooked-seabird
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
aleutians
arizona
arkansas
atlanticcoast
baja california
british columbia
california
caribbean
colorado
connecticut
cuba
delaware
florida
georgia
gulf coast
hawaii
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
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
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
unique-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Habitat
Forests
Oceans
Grasslands
Color
brown
Body Shape
gull
Size
large
Order
skuas and jaegers - stercorariidae
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species