(Long-tailed jaeger, Long-tailed skua)
Langstertroofmeeu [Afrikaans]; Kleinste jager [Dutch];
Labbe à longue queue [French]; Falkenraubmöwe [German];
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> Family: Laridae > Genus: Stercorarius
|Long-tailed jaeger in non-breeding
plumage, pelagic trip off of Cape Town, South Africa. [photo
Trevor Hardaker ©]]
||Long-tailed jaeger in non-breeding plumage,
pelagic trip off of Cape Town, South Africa.
[photo Trevor Hardaker ©]]
Distribution and habitat
Breeds in the tundra of the Arctic Circle, travelling south
in the non-breeding season to the ocean above 50° South. In southern Africa it is fairly common off the southern and western coasts,
mainly at the outer continental shelf and adjacent deep ocean, rarely moving closer to the coastline.
Movements and migrations
Departs from its breeding grounds in the period from
August-September, mainly arriving in southern African waters in late
September and eventually departing in March and April.
Mainly eats small fish, crustaceans, squid and scavenged
offal, doing most of its foraging by plucking prey from the water surface. It
occasionally steals the food of other birds, such as
Sabine's gull, storm-petrels and
prions, a practice known as kleptoparasitism.
Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts
- Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker
Bird Book Fund, Cape Town.