Parasitic Jaeger – Reflections of the Natural World


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Shorebirds and Seabirds of the Central California Coastline— Blog Series Post # 6

From its rocky coastline to the depths of the excellent Monterey Canyon, the Central California shoreline and its overseas waters are home to a varied range of intriguing birds. Its environment variety and well-known seaside cold-water upwelling currents are the trick to its extraordinary bird population. In each post fans will enjoy my top quality pictures while learning more about the nature of these intriguing birds.

A Reflections of the Natural World Blog Post Series by Jim Gain

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Parasitic Jaeger– Stercorarius parasiticus
L. stercorarius of dung < < stercus, stercoris dung; skuas pursue other seabirds up until they disgorge their food, the disgorged food as soon as believed to be excrement, for this reason a previous name 'Dung-hunter';" L. parasiticus parasitic


The Parasitic Jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) is a seabird understood for its striking physical attributes. It has a nimble and smooth look with long, pointed wings and a deeply forked tail. Its plumage differs depending upon age and season; grownups generally display a dark gray to blackish upperparts and a white underside, while juveniles have more brownish and mottled plumage. Parasitic Jaegers have distinct white wing flashes, which are obvious in flight and assistance in their recognition.

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Creative Commons image by Zack Pohlen

The Parasitic Jaeger is an interesting seabird with an interesting nature. These nimble birds are understood for their outstanding aerial piracy abilities, frequently bugging other seabirds, like terns and gulls, to take their victim. They reproduce in the Arctic tundra and invest their winter seasons at sea in the southern hemisphere.

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Creative Commons image by Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren

A fascinating truth is that their name “Parasitic” originates from their routine of taking food from other birds, a habits referred to as kleptoparasitism, which can be rather significant to witness in their oceanic environments.


Parasitic Jaegers can sometimes be seen along the coastline, nevertheless they are usually discovered on pelagic journeys outwards a mile or more.


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