Name: Great Skua
Scientific name: Stercorarius skua
Nature Stars: 80
About: A large, sturdy, brown seabird, the size of a Herring Gull with broad white 'flashes' on the outside edge of the wings. Great Skuas are pirates, chasing other seabirds such as gannets and gulls and stealing the fish they have caught. They also eat smaller
How to identify: The largest skua, entirely dark brown streaked with golden, and with a dark cap and a thick bill.
Where: Nests on moorlands on Scottish islands, and seen around the coasts during spring and autumn migration.
Fantastic fact: Also known as Bonxie, the local name in Shetland.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc