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March 7, 2017 - Brown Skua, Southern Skua, Southern Great Skua, Antarctic Skua, Subantarctic Skua, or Hākoakoa (Stercorarius antarcticus)

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Found in the Southern Ocean, these skuas are sometimes split into several different species. They are predatory and eat fish, carrion, eggs, and birds. Highly territorial, they nest in scrapes, sometimes lined with dead grass, often in loose colonies. Chicks leave the nest within a day or two of hatching, fledging after 40 or 50 days. They don’t reach sexual maturity until around six years of age.

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