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Alternative names: Arctic Skua, Parasitic Skua
41-48 cm (including tail projection)
Dark Phase and Young are brown apart from the whitish patch near wing tip.
Light Phase have creamy-white underparts, cheeks and neck (barred brown in winter) and a dark cap.
Intermediates have variable amounts of light and dark plumage: some are brown with dark cap, others brown with yellow neck-ring.
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Breeds on dry tundra, higher fells and islands. Otherwise pelagic but close to land.
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Rather hawk-like and bouyant. Chases other birds.
Breeds in loose colonies
Diet includes lemmings and other rodents. Robs other birds of their fish catch.
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