South Polar Skua: Seasonal Occurrence & Geographic Distribution

*South Polar Skua Catharacta maccormicki

Status: One record off the Lower Coast on 1 October 2004. This bird, was accepted by the TBRC and is the first record for Texas and the Gulf of Mexico.

Habitat: This Antarctic nester visits the western Atlantic Ocean during the summer months.

Similar Species: This species can be distinguished from Pomarine Jaeger by larger size, broader wings, and lack of barring in uppertail coverts.

*Texas Review Species, requiring written or photographic documentation.            © Copyright  Brad McKinney  31 October 31, 2004 (updated Sep 2009)


The graph below shows the number and date of all South Polar Skua sightings on all Texas Pelagics from 1992 to 2014:

SPSK Graph



This map shows the location of one South Polar Skua sighting (red star) on a Texas Pelagic trip from South Padre Island. 

The single South Polar Skua sighting occurred on the outer shelf.

View Jaeger Distribution in a larger map

Click on the box in the upper left of the map to view the map legend.

Click on each sighting symbol and the data label will appear showing the time, date and the number of birds seen.

Click on the link on the bottom of the map to view a larger map.

SOUTH POLAR SKUA PHOTOS, Cape Hatteras by Brad McKinney:

20150525-121431-Brad McKinney - SPSK CH2015
Photo 1; Date-Time: 20150525-121431
20150525-121815-Brad McKinney - SPSK2 CH2015
Photo 2; Date-Time: 20150525-121815

20150525-121828-Brad McKinney - SPSK3 CH2015
Photo 3; Date-Time: 20150525-121828

20150525-124816-Brad McKinney - SPSK4 CH2015
Photo 4; Date-Time: 20150525-124816

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