Chilean skua

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Chilean skua
Catharacta chilensis (Chilean Skua).jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Stercorariidae
Genus: Stercorarius
Species: S. chilensis
Binomial name
Stercorarius chilensis
(Bonaparte, 1857)
Synonyms

Catharacta chilensis

The Chilean skua, also called the cinnamon skua (Stercorarius chilensis), is a large predatory seabird, which breeds in Argentina and Chile, but ranges as far north as Brazil and Peru when not breeding. A relatively distinctive skua, it has a dark cap that contrasts with its cinnamon throat and lower face. Hybrids with the brown skua are known from southern Argentina.

While nowhere near the size of birds such as the wandering albatross, the Chilean skua makes up for it in sheer aggression towards other birds.

Chilean skuas feed on fish and other seabirds, as well as scraps, and carrion.

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