Species Details


Arctic (Parasitic) Jaeger (Skua) Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Stercorarius parasiticus
Family : Laridae
Order : Charadriiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Parasitic Skua, Arctic Skua
Habitat : S
Description : The Parasitic Jaeger is a sleek long-winged dark brown bird having pointed tips to the elongated central tail feathers (adult bird length approximately 48 cm, wing 32 cm, bill 3.1 cm, tarsus 4.1 cm, mid toe 3.4 cm, tail 19.5 cm). It has dark brown to brown upperparts including the top of its head and face. It preys upon eggs and chicks of terns, gulls and other birds, and on small mammals. The nesting habitat of Jaegers includes dry tundra, elevated mountain slopes, and islands. They typically lay clutches of up to four eggs that have an olive-brown coloration. While on their breeding grounds, Jaegers are generally quiet, except for occasional mewing and wailing sounds. Similar to other skuas, they exhibit a behavior of flying ahead of humans or foxes that come close to their nests.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;photo credit: greglasley(www.inaturalist.org/people/greglasley),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;Stanislas Wrozamore information, please contact us.