Skuas (Stercorariidae)

Long-tailed Skua (Stercorarius longicaudus) - HBW 3, p. 571

French: Labbe à longue queue German: Falkenraubmöwe Spanish: Págalo Rabero
Other common names: Long-tailed Jaeger

Taxonomy: Stercorarius longicaudus Vieillot, 1819, northern Europe.
Individuals with plumage characteristics of pallescens occasionally occur in nominate race. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • longicaudus Vieillot, 1819 - Arctic and subarctic uplands of Scandinavia and Russia E to delta of R Lena; winters in subantarctic and offshore S South America and S Africa.
  • pallescens Løppenthin, 1932 - Arctic Greenland, North America and Siberia E of delta of R Lena; winters in subantarctic and offshore S South America and S Africa.