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Arctic Skua
Arctic Skua
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Fair Isle

Fair Isle

Colonies of Arctic Skuas can be found on Fair Isle and Unst. A small number also nest on St Kilda.

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As its name implies, a northern species, with colonies on Fair Isle and Unst. A small number also nest on St Kilda.

Smaller and sleeker than the Great Skua, they are nonetheless piratical in their habits.

Food

Kleptoparasitic – stealing food from other birds, but also preys on invertebrates, birds and small mammals. Nest season appears to be synchronized with Puffin so that chicks hatch at the same time Puffins are taking food to the nest to feed young.

Nest site

Nests on moorlands, saltmarshes, near fresh water pools preferring dry nest-sites. Shallow depression made in vegetation and area defended against other Skuas and mammals including humans.

Breeding

Mid-May to mid-June where 2 eggs are laid.

Wintering

Passage through North Sea, English Channel, western Norway, Demark, West Germany, and Belgium.

Distribution

Kleptoparasitic – stealing food from other birds, but also preys on invertebrates, birds and small mammals. Nest season appears to be synchronized with Puffin so that chicks hatch at the same time Puffins are taking food to the nest to feed young.

Other Skua family birds at Trust sites