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Skua, Subantarctic

Identify and index birds in Southern Africa

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby renard » Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:49 pm

Anyone can help me with these IDs? All photos taken in July.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Niall » Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:35 pm

Hi Renard

I would say your birds are the following:

1. Sub antarctic Skua



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Re: Skua, Subantarctic

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sun Dec 29, 2013 7:36 am

The Brown skua, Catharacta Antarctica, is fairly common and present year-round, with numbers peaking in winter. Off the coast of southern Africa it would be nearly a sure thing on a pelagic trip, except maybe from Mozambique.


It is a regular scavenger around fishing vessels. It feeds on fish (often via Kleptoparasitism: harassing other birds, eventually stealing their catch), other birds, small mammals, eggs and carrion.

A strange observation was once made of a prey item (cuttlefish) eating through the skua's stomach lining and body wall, causing the bird's death.
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Re: Skua, Subantarctic

Unread postby hilda » Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:33 am

Great picture Johan! :clap: :clap:
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