STERCORARIUS

(Stercorariidae; Ϯ Arctic Skua S. parasiticus) L. stercorarius  of dung  < stercus, stercoris  dung; "LE STERCORAIRE. ... STERCORARIUS" (Brisson 1760); based on "Arctick Bird" of Edwards 1750. Skuas pursue other seabirds until they disgorge their food, the disgorged food once thought to be excrement, hence a former name Dung-hunter. Var. Stercoraria, Stercararius, Stercoreus.

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Jobling, J. A. (2017). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2017). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 23 October 2017).