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 two eggs, but only one laid by some... read more
Migratory, moving S from its breeding areas in Aug–Sept and returning N in Mar–Apr... 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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