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South Polar Skua

by | Jun 14, 2022

* South Polar Skua  Stercorarius maccormicki

Texas Offshore Status: Two records from offshore Texas;  1 October 2004 and 15 October 2017. The 2004 bird, found on a Texas Pelagic trip from South Padre Island was accepted by the TBRC and is the first record for Texas and the Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf of Mexico Status: There are two other records in the Gulf; One skua at Marco Island Beach, FL from 27 Aug to 1 Sept 2017 and a second skua along the Florida panhandle and Alabama beaches from Gulf Shores to St Andrews SP from 31 July to 9 Sept 2020. (eBird)

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 to TBRC.
(2) Lower Texas Coast Status from Brad McKinney’s annotated checklist (updated 2009).

Seasonal Occurrence Graph

Texas Pelagics Sightings Distribution

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