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The Great Skua
This is the largest bird in the Skua family.
Described as an “aggressive pirate” of the seas it will kill smaller birds for their prey even harassing birds as large as a gannet. They are fearless birds and will attack
anyone getting near their nest including humans.
They eat carrion, fish, and other birds.
They are 52 to 59cm in length and have a wingspan of
125 to 140cm. They weigh in at around 1.2 to 2kg.
There are estimated to be only 9,630 pairs breeding in the uk.
It is also known as a “Bonxie”