Latin Name: Catharacta skua Scottish Name: Bonxie. Fasgadair Mor Tuilleag.
Meaning: From the Norn word, 'bunksi,' meaning dumpy bird. Great one that
picks off the vermin.
Statistics: Body length 53-58cm, wingspan 132-140cm, weight 1.2-1.6kg.
Physical Description: The bonxie is a large, long-billed skua, with broad
wings and a short tail. The plumage is dark brown, with white on primary wing
Scottish Distribution: Great skuas are found in Shetland, Orkney (mainly
Hoy), and Handa.
Habitat: Favours open terrain, often wet, grassy moorland with high sea
Diet: Bonxies feed mainly on fish, and occasionally birds. The great skua
attacks breeding birds, forcing them to drop or disgorge fish, but also preys
directly on adults and young of a wide range of seabirds.