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 38 are designated for this species
Natura 2000 species code A175

Distribution

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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
Vulnerable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Endangered
Extinct
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
ES0000143 Spain Marismas de Santoña, Victoria y Joyel y Ría de Ajo Map
ES0000197 Spain Acantilados del Monte Hacho Map
ES0000318 Spain Cabo Busto-Luanco Map
ES1300007 Spain Marismas de Santoña, Victoria y Joyel 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
FR5310057 France Archipel de Glenan Map
FR5310072 France Ouessant-Molène Map
FR5310074 France Baie de Vilaine Map
FR5310092 France Rivière de Pénerf 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
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
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
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
NL2021168 Netherlands Bruine Bank 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
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

Population distribution from "Birds in Europe" editions 1 and 2

These publications present a thorough and detailed review of the conservation status of European birds. Based on detailed breeding and wintering population data collected in each country, the report provides a review of the population sizes and trends of Species of European Conservation Concern.

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Country Biogeographic region Min / Max (Units) Period Status Quality Source Published
Iceland Arctic 5400/5400 (pairs) 1984-1985 Breeding Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 1 (1970-1990) 1994-01-01
United Kingdom Atlantic 7900/7900 (pairs) 1985-1987 Breeding Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 1 (1970-1990) 1994-01-01
Source: BirdLife International

Population trends from "Birds in Europe" editions 1 and 2

These publications present a thorough and detailed review of the conservation status of European birds. Based on detailed breeding and wintering population data collected in each country, the report provides a review of the population sizes and trends of Species of European Conservation Concern.

2 items found, displaying all items.1
Country Biogeographic region Period Status Trend Quality Source Published
Iceland Arctic 1970-1990 Breeding Stable, or change of less than 20% Species generally well known, but only poor or incomplete quantitative data available Birds in Europe 1 (1970-1990) 1994
United Kingdom Atlantic 1970-1990 Breeding Small increase of 20-49% Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 1 (1970-1990) 1994
Source: BirdLife International
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