Story: Gulls, terns and skuas

South Polar skua

South Polar skua

South Polar skuas are smaller and slightly less stocky than subantarctic skuas. This bird is holding its wings high in the classic skua heraldic display, accompanied by shrill calls.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Gulls, terns and skuas - Skuas', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 September 2021)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015