French: Labbe de McCormick German: Antarktikskua Spanish: Págalo polar
Victoria Land, Antarctica
Coastal Antarctica (including Antarctic Peninsula), especially in Ross Sea area. Winters N to Alaska, Greenland and Indian Ocean; precise range in N Atlantic uncertain, due to similarity in field of co-occurring C. skua.
50–55 cm; 900–1600 g; wingspan 130–140 cm. Two colour morphs: pale birds show strong contrast between pale golden brown to smoke grey body plumage and dark... read more
Mainly vocal on the breeding grounds. Long-call is a fast series of 10–15 short gruff barks. Calls... read more
Marine, apparently being pelagic in winter and feeding predominantly at sea while breeding. Breeds... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly feeds on fish, especially Antarctic silverfish (Pleuragramma antarcticum), caught at sea some distance from the breeding... read more
Starts Nov. Loosely colonial, highly territorial. Nest scrape usually unlined. Usually 2 eggs but only 1 laid by some inexperienced birds;... read more
Transequatorial migrant, departing from breeding grounds in Mar and returning Oct–Nov. Many... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total population 5000–8000 pairs; 2000–6000 pairs in Ross Sea area, c. 800 pairs in Wilkes Land, 650 pairs on Antarctic... read more
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