Sunday, February 5, 2012

Pomarine Skua (Stercorarius pomarinus)

In  year 2007, British Indian Ocean Territory Post issued the birdlife stamp composed of 6 (six) single postage stamps that features the Pomarine Skua (Stercorarius pomarinus). The issue stamps have logo of Birdlife International.

The Pomarine Skua is a large seabird, nearly as big as a herring gull. It has long spoon-shaped tail streamers.
There are two kind appearances: dark - birds are all dark brown with small white flashes on the wings and light - birds have a pale breast with a dark cap on their heads.


The Pomarine Skua or Stercorarius pomarinus, is a seabird in the skua family Stercorariidae. This species is a migrant seabird, wintering at sea in the tropical oceans.
The size ranges from 46 to 67 cm  in length, 110 to 138 cm  in wingspan and 540–920 g  in weight.

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