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Great Skua

Stercorarius skua

Great Skua

Great Skua

Quick Facts


Scientific name:

Stercorarius skua



Conservation status:




53cm to 58cm


125cm to 140cm


1.2kg to 2kg

About the Great Skua

The great skua is a rather crafty bird that harasses birds as large as gannets to steal food off to feed on. They are known to be aggressively natured and will kill and eat smaller birds - this includes puffins!

Great skuas aren't fearful when it comes to humans, and if you find yourself near their nests, you will often be dive-bombed by the angry adult.

From afar, they look dark but up close display whites and browns.

What does a Great Skua eat?

Their diets mainly consist of other birds, fish and carrion.

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