Parasitic Jaeger

Scientific Name: Stercorarius parasiticus
Malay Name: Camar-Lanun Paruh Lampai
Chinese Name: 短尾贼鸥
Alternative Name(s): Parasitic Skua

Breeds in the Arctic region and winters south in the temperate and tropical oceans.


Size: 42-54.5 cm

Smaller than the similar looking Pomarine Jaeger. Lacks the twisted central tail feathers in the adult breeding plumage unlike the Pomarine Jaeger. In all plumages, the white feather bases to the primaries gives a "single flash" impression.

Similar looking species: Pomarine Jaeger, Long-tailed Jaeger

Habitat: Open seas.

Behaviour/Ecology: A pelagic species often observed engaging in kleptoparasitism, a behaviour where they snatch food from other less aggressive pelagic birds such as terns.

Local Status: Rare migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018)

Location: Singapore Straits.


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

BirdLife International. (2018). Stercorarius parasiticus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.