Order Charadriiformes

Family Stercorariidae

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  • Medium-sized to large gull-like piratical and predatory seabirds, with strong bill and plumage generally brown, or brown and white.
  • Cosmopolitan in all oceans, but mainly at high latitudes.
  • Predominantly marine, but also inhabits tundra.
  • 41-64 cm.
  • 2 genera, 7 species, 10 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Furness, R.W. & Bonan, A. (2019). Skuas (Stercorariidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52248 on 14 December 2019).