Stercorarius pomarinus   (Temminck,  1815) (Bird)
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Class: Aves

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Size: 56 cm.

Habits: Regularly in mixed flocks with terns, flight powerful with customary wingbeats.

Sexes alike, large gull-like bird with broad warped spatula like projection of central tail feathers. Adult (non-breeding): Tail short, in light morph cap becomes indistinct, neck and breast difusedly barred with brown, mental and scapulars barred with buff, upper and under tail coverts pale. Juvenile: Ideally dark brown with broad, pale bars on upper and undertail and underwing coverts, presence of pale crescent on underwing.

Breeding begins in June.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Pomarine Jaeger (English)
• Pomarine Skua (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• Lakshadweep INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -
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  • PBase Available at -
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  • Manakadan R and Pittie A (2001) Standardized English names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent BUCEROS Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetland 6(1) 26pp Available at -
  • Kumar A, sati JP and Tak CK (2003) Checklist of Indian Waterbids Buceros Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetlands 8(1) 30pp Available at -
  • Gibbon-Hill CA, Campbell B, Campbell R and Prytherch R (1976) A guide to the birds of the coast Constable and Company Ltd 13-283pp Available at - Goa University
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Available at -
  • Pande S, Sant NR, Ranade SD, PednekarSN, Mestry PG, Kharat S S and Deshmukh V (2007) An ornithological expedition to the Lakshadweep archipelago: Assessment of threats to pelagic and other birds and recommendations Indian Birds 3(1) 2-12pp Available at -

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