259. Stercorarius pomatorhinus.
THE POMATORHINE SKUA.
Pomatorhinus, from, genitive =a, lid or cover; pis, genitive =:the nose, nostril, from the nasal operculum. Originally written pomarinus.
Male 20" to 21". Legs blackish. Bill horny brown. Forehead, cheeks, and crown sooty black. Acuminate feathers of neck white, edged straw colour. Breast dull white, barred black. Mantle, upper tail-coverts, and rectrices deep brown. Primaries brown, with white shafts. Abdomen, flanks, and under wing umber. Two central tail-feathers 4" longer than the others, rounded at ends, and twisted upwards. Breeds in Arctic regions north of 70°, and ranges in winter to Africa, Australia, and S. America. A single specimen was once obtained by Colonel Tickell at Moulmein. Eggs (2.3 x 1.65) olive, spotted dark brown. (B. 1519.)