Scientific Name: Stercorarius longicaudus
Malay Name: Camar-Lanun Ekor Panjang
Chinese Name: 长尾贼鸥
Alternative Name(s): Long-tailed Skua
Range: Breeds in the arctic region and winters south in the temperate and tropical oceans
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: longicaudus, pallescens.
Size: 47-67.5 cm
Identification: Non-breeding adult resembles Pomarine and Parasitic Jaeger but is more slender looking and has no whitish flash on primaries especially the underwing. Breeding adult can be separated from the other two Jaeger species by its long pointed central tail-feathers, mostly whitish underparts with no breast-band, greyish belly and vent, two-tone upperwing where the coverts are paler than the secondaries and uniform all dark underwing.
Habitat: Open seas
Local Status: Vagrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018)
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Long-tailed Jaeger Stercorarius longicaudus Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
BirdLife International. (2018). Stercorarius longicaudus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22694251A132536719.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
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Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Long-tailed Jaeger. Retrieved on November 26, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/long-tailed-jaeger.