Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Aves > Order: Charadriiformes > Family: Stercorariidae > Genus: Stercorarius > Species: Stercorarius parasiticus

Artic Skua - Stercorarius parasiticus (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
EU Population status
Protected by EU Birds Directive and 1 other international agreement
Natura 2000 sites 76 are designated for this species
Breeding habitats
  • sparsely vegetated land
Wintering habitats
  • open ocean
  • shelf
Natura 2000 species code A173


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Threat and EU population status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

EU population status

The status of the population at the EU level was evaluated at the species level; this was based on the reports delivered by Member States under Article 12 of the Birds Directive (see fact sheet below). The EU status assessment can cover several subspecies/subspecific population units. For more information, please consult the species fact sheet and link below.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered
Population status categories for bird species under the Birds Directive
Near Threatened, declining or depleted
Threatened (i.e. vulnerable, endangered, critically endangered, regionally extinct)
Unknown or not evaluated

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
ES0000084 Spain Ses Salines d'Eivissa i Formentera Map
ES0000144 Spain Urdaibaiko itsasadarra / Ría de Urdaibai Map
ES0000318 Spain Cabo Busto-Luanco Map
ES2130005 Spain Gaztelugatxeko Doniene / San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Map
ES2130007 Spain Urdaibaiko itsasertzak eta padurak / Zonas litorales y marismas de Urdaibai Map
ES7010042 Spain La Playa del Matorral Map
FR2310044 France Estuaire et marais de la Basse Seine Map
FR2310045 France Littoral seino-marin Map
FR2512001 France Littoral augeron Map
FR3110085 France Cap Gris-Nez Map
FR5310072 France Ouessant-Molène Map
FR5310074 France Baie de Vilaine Map
FR8310066 France Monts et Plomb du Cantal Map
IT20B0009 Italy Valli del Mincio Map
IT3210018 Italy Basso Garda Map
ITA040002 Italy Isola di Lampedusa e Lampione Map
PLB220004 Poland Ujście Wisły Map
PTZPE0009 Portugal Ilhas Berlengas Map
SE0230055 Sweden Sankt Anna och Gryts skärgårdar Map
SE0230090 Sweden Bråviken yttre Map
SE0230138 Sweden Åsvikelandet-Kvädö Map
SE0230139 Sweden Dannskären Map
SE0230328 Sweden Missjö Map
SE0520001 Sweden Vrångöskärgården Map
SE0520036 Sweden Sälöfjorden Map
SE0520043 Sweden Nordre älvs estuarium Map
SE0630139 Sweden Långvind Map
SE0820035 Sweden Rödkallen-SörÄspen Map
UK9001241 United Kingdom Handa Map
UK9002031 United Kingdom Fetlar Map
UK9002061 United Kingdom Foula Map
UK9002091 United Kingdom Fair Isle Map
UK9002101 United Kingdom West Westray Map
UK9002141 United Kingdom Hoy Map
UK9002371 United Kingdom Rousay Map
BG0000270 Bulgaria Atanasovsko ezero Map
ITA040013 Italy Arcipelago delle Pelagie - area marina e terrestre Map
IT9320302 Italy Marchesato e Fiume Neto Map
PTCON0008 Portugal Sintra / Cascais Map
IT20B0017 Italy Ansa e Valli del Mincio Map
ROSPA0031 Romania Delta Dunării și Complexul Razim - Sinoie Map
BG0002043 Bulgaria Emine Map
BG0002045 Bulgaria Kompleks Kamchia Map
FR5212014 France Estuaire de la Loire - Baie de Bourgneuf Map
FR9112034 France Cap Bear- cap Cerbère Map
FR5212015 France Secteur marin de l'île d'Yeu jusqu'au continent Map
FR5212013 France Mor Braz Map
ES90ATL01 Spain El Cachucho Map
UKGIB0002 United Kingdom Southern Waters of Gibraltar Map
FR3112006 France Bancs des Flandres Map
AT2209000 Austria Niedere Tauern Map
ES1200055 Spain Cabo Busto-Luanco Map
ES0000497 Spain Espacio marino de la Costa da Morte Map
ES0000531 Spain Espacio marino de La Bocayna Map
ES0000530 Spain Espacio marino de Mogán-La Aldea Map
ES0000513 Spain Espacio marino del Baix Llobregat-Garraf Map
ES0000504 Spain Bahía de Málaga-Cerro Gordo Map
ES0000512 Spain Espacio marino del Delta de l'Ebre-Illes Columbretes Map
ES0000495 Spain Espacio marino de Punta de Candelaria-Ría de Ortigueira-Estaca de Bares Map
ES0000494 Spain Espacio marino de Cabo Peñas Map
ES0000498 Spain ZEPA Banco de Galicia Map
ES0000532 Spain Espacio marino de los Islotes de Lanzarote Map
ES0000507 Spain Espacio marino de los Islotes Litorales de Murcia y Almería Map
ES0000490 Spain Espacio marino de la Ría de Mundaka-Cabo de Ogoño Map
ES0000499 Spain Espacio marino de las Rías Baixas de Galicia Map
ES0000523 Spain Espacio marino de la zona occidental de El Hierro Map
ES0000508 Spain Espacio marino de Tabarca-Cabo de Palos Map
ES0000506 Spain Bahía de Almería Map
ES0000535 Spain ZEPA Banco de la Concepción Map
ES0000525 Spain Espacio marino del norte de La Palma Map
ES0000510 Spain Plataforma-talud marinos del Cabo de la Nao Map
ES0000496 Spain Espacio marino de la Costa de Ferrolterra-Valdoviño Map
ES0000500 Spain Golfo de Cádiz Map
ES0000514 Spain Espacio marino de l'Empordà Map
ES0000526 Spain Espacio marino de La Gomera-Teno Map
SE0420360 Sweden Nordvästra Skånes havsområde Map

Protected sites

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Artic Skua English Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Ékfarkú halfarkas Hungarian Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Kleine Jager Dutch Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Labb Swedish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Labbe parasite French Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Labbo Italian Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Merikihu Finnish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Moleiro-parasítico Portuguese Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Págalo Parásito Spanish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Schmarotzerraubmöwe German Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Wydrzyk ostrosterny Polish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
No synonyms available.

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EBCC Atlas of breeding birds European Bird Census Council's Atlas of Breeding Birds
EURing code:05670 European bird-ringing
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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