Order: Charadriiformes | Family: Stercorariidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern
Age: Adult. dark morph | Sex: Unknown | Loc. West Coast of North America
Age: Adult, light morph | Sex: Unknown | Loc. West Coast of North America
Adult, lightform | Sex: Unknown | Loc. West Coast of North America
Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. West Coast of North America
Status: The South Polar Skua is seemingly a rare Austral migrant in the pelagic waters of Peru. Its status is poorly understood, but it is generally recorded in far pelagic waters during the months of May through January. It also occurs in Ec, Br, and Ch.
Name in Spanish: Salteador del Polo Sur.
Sub-species: South Polar Skua (Stercorarius maccormicki), H. Saunders, 1893.
Meaning of Name: Stercorarius: L. Stercus, stercoris manure= manure, a reference to how the bird seeks its food by attacking other birds until they regurgitate. maccormicki: in honor of the naturalist, polar explorer and British naval surgeon, Robert McCormick (1800-1890).
Generally silent at sea.
- Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 05/01/2015.