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Long-tailed Jaeger (Stercorarius longicaudus)
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Long-tailed Jaeger (Stercorarius longicaudus)
Juvenile Long-tailed Jaeger

General Description: Long-tailed Jaegers (Stercorarius longicaudus) are large, gull-like birds of the open ocean, although some young birds migrate inland. Like gulls, jaegers show various plumages: adult (breeding and non-breeding plumages) and juvenile (including light, medium, and dark plumages), making identification tricky.

Breeding adults are striking with black caps, yellow faces, dark bodies, and long streaming central tail feathers. Juveniles are dark with mottled white and modest central tail feathers. All birds, however, show 2-3 white shafts on the primary feathers, fewer than are seen in other species of jaegers.

Taxonomy: Charadriiformes, Stercorariidae.

Long-tailed Jaeger (Stercorarius longicaudus)
Juvenile Long-tailed Jaeger

Favored Habitat: Breed inland in the high arctic, winter in southern oceans.

Where to Find: Don't look for Long-tailed Jaegers around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them while birding along the Pacific Coast and at sea. However, a juvenile showed up on El Dorado Dry Lake (Hwy 95, just south of Boulder City) during September 2012, so keep an eye out for the unexpected.

Long-tailed Jaeger (Stercorarius longicaudus) If you were a tasty tadpole shrimp or even better a tasty fish, this might be the last face you ever see!
Long-tailed Jaeger (Stercorarius longicaudus)
Long-tailed Jaeger at El Dorado Dry Lake
Long-tailed Jaeger (Stercorarius longicaudus)
Long-tailed Jaeger at El Dorado Dry Lake
Long-tailed Jaeger (Stercorarius longicaudus)
Long-tailed Jaeger eating tadpole shrimp
Long-tailed Jaeger (Stercorarius longicaudus)
Long-tailed Jaeger eating tadpole shrimp
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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