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(yā`gər), common name for several members of the family Stercorariidae, member of a family of hawklike sea birds closely related to the gull and the tern. The skua is also a member of this family. Jaegers and skuas are stocky, powerfully muscled birds with long, pointed wings, long tails, strong, hooked bills, and sharp, curved talons. They are tireless, wide-ranging flyers of the open seas. Their piratical habits give them the names robber gull and sea hawk. Jaegers and skuas rob the food of their smaller relatives, teasing and harassing them until they drop their prey. They also feed on the eggs of colonial sea birds, especially those of penguins. The skua (Catharacta skua) is the largest and darkest of the family, a denizen of the N Atlantic, though it breeds south to the antarctic. Of the three jaegers (Stercorarius species), all of northern oceans, the largest is the pomarine jaeger (also called jiddy hawk), the most common the parasitic jaeger, and the most graceful the long-tailed jaeger. All these birds are mostly blackish-brown above and white below, with a gilding of the head and neck in the older birds. Jaegers are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Charadriiformes, family Stercorariidae.
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Jake will pilot a new Jaeger called the Gypsy Avenger along with his old friend Lambert, who will be played by Scott Eastwood.
Jaegers said two factors are driving Alltel's rush to sell itself.
Whoever buys the 700-megahertz spectrum overlapping Alltel is going to have one less reason to buy Alltel, because then they could over-build Alltel with more efficient spectrum," Jaegers said.
At the start of each block, I counted the abundance (number) of Parasitic Jaegers and of Common Terns (flying and not flying) within one observation perimeter (second-order-patch).
All kleptoparasitic interactions took the form of a chase in which one or several jaegers accelerated toward an obvious target bird that was then pursued as it tried to escape the jaegers.
This had been the first stop on what was expected to be a wonderful vacation for Bill and Marietta Jaeger, their five children, and Marietta's parents.
When the Jaeger family finally returned to their home in suburban Detroit, Marietta tried to picture the abductor--and probable murderer--as a child of God, "someone as precious in God's sight as my little girl.
It was surprising how well del Toro manages to feature the Jaeger pilots, without detracting attention from the Jaegers mercilessly fighting against the relentless Kaiju.
The film manages to do a lot of things that work together to strengthen its focus on the real stars -- the Jaegers and the Kaiju.
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Tomko, pitching for his fifth team in his eighth major-league season, put in a call to Jaeger about a month ago on the advice of his agent.
After his first phone session with Jaeger, Tomko had an epiphany.