HākoakoaArctic Skua

Conservation status
Doing OK

Arctic skua is a party leader species representing all of the incredible skua species that call New Zealand home. Once the pirate captain of New Zealand's skies has finished the annual breeding season in the Arctic, the Arctic skua returns again. This seasonal visitor to New Zealand waters is also known as "Parasitic Jaeger" – or “Hunter” when translated from German to English. Described as "piratical" and "aggressively tenacious", the Arctic skua pursues other seabirds until they regurgitate their food, which the enterprising skua catches in mid-air.

Campaign Manager

Alec Dawson

Alec was born and raised in Dunedin and now works as an environmental campaigner in London, investigating and advocating against the international trade in illegal timber. Although the Arctic skua may be vicious, Alec admires its tenacity and love of traveling long distances in search of adventure.