New England Seabirds
Arctic Skua (Europe)
The Parasitic Jaeger breeds in the northern hemisphere and is almost circumpolar. After breeding migrates to the southern oceans.
Exhibits mate and site fidelity. In northern locations breeds on the tundra where it feeds on rodents, insects, and berries. On the more southern part of its range it is mainly a coastal breeder near seabird colonies where its numbers are limited by the Great Skua.l
The Parasitic Jaeger is the most highly kletoparasitic of the three Stercorarius jaegers. Even preys on terns. If you see a jaeger off our coast chasing a tern it is most likely a Parasitic Jaeger.
Feeds on lemmings, but if the lemming population crashes in breeding territory it will switch to other food items.
Where To See
Off our coasts in fall usually immature birds. Breeds at Churchill in Manitoba and in Alaska.