Scientific Name: Stercorarius pomarinus
Malay Name: Camar-Lanun Ekor Sudu
Chinese Name: 中贼鸥
Alternative Name(s): Pomarine Skua
Range: Breeds in the Arctic region and winters south in the temperate and tropical oceans.
Size: 47-61.5 cm
Identification: The biggest of the three jaegers. Has distinct twisted central tail feathers in the adult breeding plumage. In all plumages, the white feather bases to the primaries and primary coverts gives a "double flash" impression.
Similar looking species: Parasitic 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: Vagrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018)
- First checklist revision for year 2017 (Revisions)
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Pomarine Jaeger)
BirdLife International. (2018). Stercorarius pomarinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22694240A132534251.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
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Eaton, J. A., van Balen, S., Brickle, N. W., & Rheindt, F. E. (2021). Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas and Wallacea (Second Edition). Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Pomarine Jaeger. Retrieved on May 26, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/pomarine-jaeger.