Great Skua / Stercorarius skua

Great Skua / Stercorarius skua

Great Skua

SCI Name:  Stercorarius skua
Protonym:  Catharacta Skua Orn.Boreal. p.33
Taxonomy:  Charadriiformes / Stercorariidae /
Taxonomy Code:  gresku1
Type Locality:  Faroes and Iceland.
Publish Year:  1764
IUCN Status:  


(Stercorariidae; Ϯ Arctic Skua S. parasiticus) L. stercorarius  of dung  < stercus, stercoris  dung; skuas pursue other seabirds until they disgorge their food, the disgorged food once thought to be excrement, hence a former name 'Dung-hunter'; "Stercorarius. Genus 101.  ...  **1. LE STERCORAIRE. ... STERCORARIUS" (Brisson 1760): based on "Arctick Bird" of Edwards 1750; "Stercorarius Brisson, Orn., 1760, 1, p.l 56; 6, p. 149. Type, by tautonymy, Stercorarius Brisson = Larus parasiticus Linné." (Peters 1934, II, 311). 
Var. Stercoraria, Stercararius, Stercoreus.
Synon. Atalolestris, Cataracta, Coprotheres, Labbus, Lestris, Oceanus, Praedatrix.

L. stercorarius  of dung  < stercus, stercoris  dung (syn. Neophron percnopterus).

Højer in Clusius 1605, rendition sku of Faeroese names Skúvur or Skúir for the Great Skua or Bonxie < Old Norse Skúfr (Catharacta).