Long-tailed Jaeger

Scientific Name: Stercorarius longicaudus
Malay Name: Camar-Lanun Ekor Panjang
Chinese Name: 长尾贼鸥
Alternative Name: Long-tailed Skua

Breeds in the arctic region and winters south in the temperate and tropical oceans

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.

Similar looking species: Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger

Habitat: Open seas


Local Status: Rare migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Straits of Singapore.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore