South Polar Skua
Other Names: MacCormick’s Skua (obsolete)
Distribution: Antarctic coasts in summer; northern Atlantic and Pacific waters in winter.
Size: 50-55 cm in length with a 140-160 cm wingspan.
Plumage: Adults are grayish-brown above, and have an off-white or straw-brown head and underparts. The contrast between the three basic segments of the body is characteristic of the species. Juveniles and darker adults are harder to distinguish from other skua species.
All ages have a black beak with a bluish tint underneath, dark brown to black legs, and small black eyes.