: Parasitic Jaeger
About The Parasitic Jaeger
The Arctic skua is an elegant bird, but don't let looks fool you. Just like all other skuas, they chase other seabirds until they drop their food or disgorge it. Sometimes these agile birds even manage to catch the loot in the air. The bird picks on gulls, terns and auks in particular. Sometimes, several arctic skuas will work together to steal the food from a victim. Their diet does not only consist of stolen food. In the nesting colonies, they go after young birds, eggs, lemmings, mice, insects and carrion.
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Trips Where Observed
Africa: Eastern and Southern
Sites Where Observed
Saw one off in the distance, possible juvenile.
Parasitic Jaeger was seen on the trip, but I am not 100% sure on the image.
Not 100% sure on ID. Shorter pointed tail than long-tailed common in area.