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skua:

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, 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.
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skua

any predatory gull-like bird of the family Stercorariidae, such as the great skua or bonxie (Stercorarius skua) or arctic skua (S. parasiticus) both of which harass terns or gulls into dropping or disgorging fish they have caught
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Ecology of the long-tailed skua, Stercorarius longicaudus, at Scoresby Sund, East Greenland.
Skuas are "halfway between a gull and bird of prey," says Votier.
Although identified as Great Skuas (Bonxies), both these birds did not look quite right and provoked a lot of debate as to their identity.
In doing so, the skua shows incredible agility in the air to out-manoeuvre spritely birds such as terns.
It is likely that the arctic skua, which has been on the beach seen since the new year, is getting its bearings having been blown off course.
One second's lapse of concentration and the skuas and sheathbills will take their meal.
He had denied taking the egg of a rare red throated diver and two eggs of the wild great skua.
A sun-blind model of the Avitronics (Centurion, South Africa) MAW 200 missile-approach warner passed a significant test in February when it helped protect a Skua remotely piloted vehicle (RPV) from a SA-7 Strella anti-aircraft missile fired from the ground.
Only on Samoilovsky Island was the pellet set a mixture of skua, raptor, and gull pellets.
Of the NT's three offshore oil projects, Skua was recently abandoned, while Jabiru and Challis are nearing an end.
The male great skua may be out at sea during the fight and come home to find a new mate waiting for him.