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* Long-tailed Jaeger Stercorarius longicaudus
Texas Coastal / Offshore Status: Migrant; very rare in the spring and rare in fall with records from August 16 – Dec 1. and accidental in winter. There are 29 documented records, of which 18 are from coastal or offshore areas.
Habitat: coastal or offshore waters.
Similar Species: Long-tailed Jaeger is the smallest (and rarest) of the three jaeger species. Adults are fairly distinctive, lacking white wing patches on underwing and long central tail feathers. However, juveniles can be similar to larger Parasitic Jaeger. Juvenile Long-tailed Jaeger is usually gray-toned (Parasitic is browner), with strongly barred tail coverts and a pale head. Sometimes visible are contrasting white shafts of the two outermost primary feathers of the upperwing.
* Texas Review Species, requiring written or photographic documentation to TBRC.
(1) TOS Handbook of Texas Birds; by Mark W. Lockwood and Brush Freeman (2005)
(2) Lower Texas Coast Status from Brad McKinney’s annotated checklist (updated 2009).
Seasonal Occurrence Graph
Texas Pelagics Sightings Distribution
This map shows the geographic distribution of Long-tailed Jaeger found in Offshore Texas (and Gulf of Mexico)
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Click on each sighting symbol and the data label will appear showing the time, date and the number of birds seen.
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