South Polar Skua

Stercorarius maccormicki

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Skuas and Jaegers (Stercorariidae)

Code 4

SPSK

Code 6

STEMAC

ITIS

HEAD

South Polar Skua Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Hooked Seabird
  • Eye Color: Red, reddish brown, or amber, in adults. Juveniles are brown-red during the first winter and become red by summer.
  • Head pattern: Plain
  • Crown Color: Dark Brown
  • Forehead Color: Dark brown to gray.
  • Nape Color: Dark Brown
  • Throat Color: Dark brown to black.
  • Cere color: No Data

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BODY

South Polar Skua Illustration
  • Length Range: 53 cm (21 in)
  • Weight: 1599 g (56.43 oz)
  • Size: Large (16 - 32 in)
  • Color Primary: Brown, Gray
  • Underparts: Dark brown
  • Upperparts: Dark Brown
  • Back Pattern: Solid
  • Belly Pattern: Solid
  • Breast Pattern: Solid

FLIGHT

South Polar Skua Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Swift direct flight with shallow wing beats.
  • Wingspan Range: 132 cm (52 in)
  • Wing Shape: Pointed-Wings
  • Tail shape: Fan-shaped Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Solid
  • Upper Tail: Dark Brown
  • Under Tail: Dark brown
  • Leg Color: Black
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Head Feathers and Markings X
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