French: Grand Labbe German: Skua Spanish: Págalo grande
Iceland, Faeroes, N Scotland, Jan Mayen, Svalbard, Bear I, Norway and NW Russia (Kola Peninsula, Novaya Zemlya and neighbouring Vaygach I). Winters predominantly off Iberia, juveniles moving as far S as Cape Verde Is and Brazil; small numbers winter on Grand Banks of Newfoundland.
53–58 cm; 1100–1700 g; wingspan 132–140 cm. Generally brown plumage but with much white, yellow, ginger and black flecking, individually very variable;... read more
Mainly vocal on the breeding grounds. Long-call is a series of 5–7 short bleating barks, e.g. “piEh... read more
Marine. Avoids land during migration and winter, so can often be found in unexpectedly large... read more
Food and feeding
A highly opportunistic feeder, but also frequently showing individual specializations in diet and feeding, with some colony-specific... read more
Starts May. Loosely colonial, highly territorial. Nest scrape usually lined with dead grass. Usually 2 eggs, but only 1 laid by some... read more
Migrates, wintering mainly off Iberia; younger birds travel further, some reaching Cape Verde Is... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total breeding population is only 13,600 pairs: 7900 pairs in Scotland; 5400 pairs in Iceland; 250 pairs in Faeroes; 60 pairs on... read more
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