Definition of great skua in English:

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great skua

Pronunciation: /ˌɡrāt ˈskyo͞oə/

noun

A large North Atlantic skua with mainly brown plumage, feeding by robbing other seabirds.
  • Catharacta skua, family Stercorariidae.
Example sentences
  • In the present study, we investigate sex differences in environmental sensitivity of great skuas Stercorarius skua, in natural broods and in experimental broods without sibling competition.
  • From Sidhean Mor we followed a faint path south, back towards the lighthouse, passing a small loch below Sidhean Beag where bonxies, great skuas, were creating turmoil amongst the oystercatcher nests.
  • Although the numerous seabirds that surround it in spring are great too watch, be aware of the great skuas, or ‘bonxies’.

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Syllabification: great sku·a

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