Story: Gulls, terns and skuas

Subantarctic skua adults and chick

Subantarctic skua adults and chick

Subantarctic skua chicks have to beg aggressively to be fed by their parents, and a quieter sibling may be quickly outgrown by its better-fed rival. Adults are territorial, sending off intruders with vicious swooping attacks.

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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