South Polar Skua

Other Names: MacCormick’s Skua (obsolete)

Distribution: Antarctic coasts in summer; northern Atlantic and Pacific waters in winter.

South Polar Skua distribution range map

Description:

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.

South Polar Skua

Bill Shape
hooked-seabird
Regions
alaska
atlanticcoast
baja california
british columbia
california
delaware
florida
georgia
hawaii
labrador
maine
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new york
north carolina
north dakota
nova scotia
oregon
quebec
rhodeisland
tennessee
texas
virginia
washington
yukon
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Habitat
Oceans
Color
brown
gray
Body Shape
gull
Size
large
Order
skuas and jaegers - stercorariidae
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species