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 and NW Africa, south to N Senegal; smaller numbers winter on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Occasional juveniles move as far S as the Cape Verde Is and Brazil.
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. Breeds on islands, usually avoiding areas frequented by humans, preferring flat ground with... 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
Migratory, flying south from its breeding areas in August–September and returning north in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). The breeding population, confined to Europe, is estimated at 32,600–34,500 mature individuals. These comprise 9600 pairs... read more
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