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

Great Skua - Stercorarius skua (Brünnich, 1764)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Protected by EU Birds Directive and 2 other international agreements
Natura 2000 sites 72 are designated for this species
Natura 2000 species code A175


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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

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

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
DK00VA347 Denmark Sydlige Nordsø Map
ES0000081 Spain Cap Enderrocat - Cap Blanc Map
ES0000143 Spain Marismas de Santoña, Victoria y Joyel y Ría de Ajo Map
ES0000144 Spain Urdaibaiko itsasadarra / Ría de Urdaibai Map
ES0000197 Spain Acantilados del Monte Hacho Map
ES0000318 Spain Cabo Busto-Luanco Map
ES1300007 Spain Marismas de Santoña, Victoria y Joyel Map
ES2130005 Spain Gaztelugatxeko Doniene / San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Map
ES2130007 Spain Urdaibaiko itsasertzak eta padurak / Zonas litorales y marismas de Urdaibai Map
ES6310001 Spain Calamocarro-Benzú Map
FR2110001 France Lacs de la forêt d'Orient Map
FR2110002 France Lac du Der Map
FR2310044 France Estuaire et marais de la Basse Seine Map
FR2310045 France Littoral seino-marin Map
FR3110085 France Cap Gris-Nez Map
FR5310072 France Ouessant-Molène Map
FR5310074 France Baie de Vilaine Map
FR7210063 France Domaine d'Orx Map
FR9310019 France Camargue Map
PTZPE0009 Portugal Ilhas Berlengas Map
PTZPE0015 Portugal Costa Sudoeste Map
PTZPE0050 Portugal Cabo Espichel Map
ES6310002 Spain Zona marítimo-terrestre del Monte Hacho Map
ES5310005 Spain Badies de Pollença i Alcúdia Map
PTCON0008 Portugal Sintra / Cascais Map
FR5212014 France Estuaire de la Loire - Baie de Bourgneuf Map
FR7212016 France Panache de la Gironde Map
FR9112034 France Cap Bear- cap Cerbère Map
FR7212019 France Tête de Canyon du Cap Ferret Map
FR5212015 France Secteur marin de l'île d'Yeu jusqu'au continent Map
FR5212013 France Mor Braz Map
FR5412026 France Pertuis charentais - Rochebonne Map
ES90ATL01 Spain El Cachucho Map
FR7212018 France Bassin d'Arcachon et banc d'Arguin Map
FR7212017 France Au droit de l'étang d'Hourtin-Carcans Map
FR3112006 France Bancs des Flandres Map
ES1200055 Spain Cabo Busto-Luanco Map
ES5310128 Spain Cap Enderrocat i cap Blanc 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
ES0000519 Spain Espacio marino del poniente de Mallorca 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
ES0000521 Spain Espacio marino del norte y oeste de Menorca 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
ES0000518 Spain Espacio marino del sur de Mallorca y Cabrera Map
ES0000515 Spain Espacio marino de Formentera y del sur de Ibiza Map
ES0000523 Spain Espacio marino de la zona occidental de El Hierro Map
ES0000501 Spain Espacio marino del Tinto y del Odiel 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
ES0000502 Spain Espacio marino de la Bahía de Cádiz Map
ES0000514 Spain Espacio marino de l'Empordà Map
ES0000520 Spain Espacio marino del norte de Mallorca Map
ES0000526 Spain Espacio marino de La Gomera-Teno Map
PTZPE0060 Portugal Aveiro/ Nazaré Map
PTZPE0061 Portugal Cabo Raso Map
FR2512005 France Nord Bretagne DO Map
FR5212016 France Mers Celtiques - Talus du golfe de Gascogne Map

Protected sites

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Chaluha velká Czech Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Grand Labbe French Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Great Skua English Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Grote Jager Dutch Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Isokihu Finnish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Moleiro-grande Portuguese Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Nagy halfarkas Hungarian Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Págalo Grande Spanish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Skua German Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Stercorario maggiore Italian Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Storlabb Swedish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Wydrzyk wielki Polish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
No synonyms available.

Other resources

EBCC Atlas of breeding birds European Bird Census Council's Atlas of Breeding Birds
EURing code:05690 European bird-ringing
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea search 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
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External data

No external data sets available for this species
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