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Great Skua

Stercorarius skua

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Breeds locally on moorland of northern islands and coasts, where aggressive near nests. Otherwise lives at sea, but may be seen from shore during windy conditions during migration periods. Resembles a dark, heavily built immature gull; feeds by pirating gulls and other seabirds, also by scavenging at fishing boats. Dark brown overall with big white flashes in outer half of wings; adult has variable pale mottling on upperparts.

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