Long-tailed Skua
Long-tailed Skua (Immature, UAE)
Long-tailed Skua (Immature, UAE)
Scientific Name 
Stercorarius longicaudus
Arabic Name 
الكركر طويل الذيل
Kuwaiti name 
111.0 cm
52.0 cm
Least Concern


Extremely rare vagrant. A seabird wandering far from its arctic breeding grounds. Usually seen as single birds during spring passage. Very little is known about this species’ movements but it will fly overland during passage.
Where in Kuwait 
Only 3 records for Kuwait, two from the Jahra Bay area and the last from an inland pool in the Jahra Area. But it is generally a pelagic species and is the smallest and most graceful of all the Skua's
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a stable population and is marine and highly pelagic, rarely occuring within sight of land except when breeding. Birds widely scattered over the Arctic and subarctic or montane tundra during the breeding season where it also feeds on Lemmings and it has a circumpolar winter distribution in the Southern Oceans.
Local threats 
Oil pollution