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An Arctic Skua rests on a rock
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Image details:  
Image Description: An Arctic Skua rests on a rock
Image notes: The term Skooty comes from the belief that the birds were catching Tirrick droppings rather as food. This one is in a light phase
Species in Image: Arctic Skua
Old Haa Image Reference Number: btc00991

General details:  
Common Name Arctic Skua
Latin Name Stercorarius parasiticus
Shetland Name Skooty Aalin
Latin Group Name Charadriiformes
Latin Family Name Stercorariidae
Common Family Name Skuas
Description A summer visitor, widespread in suitable habitat. As it's Latin name suggests this species preys upon other birds, such as terns, and force them to drop the food they were carrying to their mate or young. They nest on moorland.
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