Skua Stock Video Footage


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The skuas /ˈskjuːə/ are a group of predatory seabirds with about seven species forming the genus Stercorarius, the only genus in the family Stercorariidae. The three smaller skuas are called jaegers in American English. The English word "skua" comes from the Faroese name for the great skua, skúgvur , with the island of Skúvoy renowned for its colony of that bird. The general Faroese term for skuas is kjógvi . The word "jaeger" is derived from the German word Jäger, meaning "hunter". The genus name Stercorarius is Latin and means "of dung" the food disgorged by other birds when pursued by skuas was once thought to be excrement. Skuas nest on the ground in temperate and Arctic regions, and are long-distance migrants. They have even been sighted at the South Pole.




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