Great Skua Catharacta skua


Bicknell, A.W.; Oro, D.; Camphuysen, K.C.; Votier, S.C. 2013. Potential consequences of discard reform for seabird communities. Journal of Applied Ecology 50(3): 649-658.

BirdLife International. 2015. European Red List of Birds. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg.

del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J. 1996. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 3: Hoatzin to Auks. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.

Furness, R.W.; Boesman, P.; Garcia, E.F.J. 2018. Great Skua (Catharacta skua). Barcelona Available at:

Votier, S.C.; Furness, R.W.; Bearhop, S.; Crane, J.E.; Caldow, R.W.; Catry, P.; Ensor, K.; Hamer, K.C.; Hudson, A.V.; Kalmbach, E.; Klomp, N.I.; Pfeiffer, S.; Phillips, R.A.; Prieto, I.; Thompson, D.R. 2004. Changes in fisheries discard rates and seabird communities. Nature 427(6976).

Further resources

Detailed species account from Birds in Europe: population estimates, trends and conservation status (BirdLife International 2004)

Detailed species account from European Red List of Birds (BirdLife International 2015)

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Media resources

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Catharacta skua. Downloaded from on 27/09/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 27/09/2022.