By Dick Newell, Steve Howell and Dani López-Velasco Abstract The plumages and moult cycles of immature large skuas are poorly known, and some first-year Great Skuas Stercorarius skua can closely resemble some South Polar Skuas S. maccormicki. The most challenging birds are dark individuals in August-October with no active primary moult, and faded/moulting birds in May-August, which may be eith...

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