Great skua

Catharacta skua

Adopt a Great skua
Up to 140cm
Looks like a “large dark gull” with white flashes in the wings. Engages in aerial pursuits of other seabirds, from which it steals prey. Also scavenges and follows ships.
Fish, but has varied die.
Conservation Status
In Portugal
Present all year round, but mostly a wintering species. Most abundant in Autumn passage (Sep. – Oct.).
Breeds on rocky islands and on flat grounds with vegetation cover in Scotland, Norway and Iceland.

Find out more about the marine megafauna in Portugal with the official AIMM Species Guide.

The Species Guide is a digital guide in English where you’ll find various information about the marine species that occur in mainland Portugal. You’ll find biological information, behavior, conservation status and much more!


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