Great Skua (species: Stercorarius skua) in Birds of Ireland (Gaia Guide)
Stercorarius skua
Great Skua

©T. Müller: Great Skua (Stercorarius skua)

©Casliber: Great Skua (Stercorarius skua)

©Hans Zwitzer: Great Skua (Stercorarius skua)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Stercorcariidae
Genus Stercorarius
Species Stercorarius skua



Distinguishing features

The adult is streaked greyish brown, with a black cap, while the juvenile is a warmer brown and unstreaked below. Its tail is short and blunt. The flight is direct and powerful. The large size, massive barrel chest and white wing flashes of this bird are distinctive even at a distance. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 58 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 140 cm



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