Birds of North America
Lives, Habitats & Pictures of the Jaegers
There are three types of jaegers
found in North America. The Pomarine Jaeger
is the largest among them and having the smallest northern
breeding range. The Parasitic Jaeger
is the second largest and has the largest breeding range through the Arctic among the group of three.
Lastly, the Long-tailed Jaeger
is the smallest, easily identified among the three jaegers
by its non-streaking flanks and its almost all white
head, except for its small black cap.
are predators, feeding on mice and lemmings found in the tundra. One of their tactics is chasing and harassing gulls, terns,
kittiwakes and other smaller birds to give up their foods. These birds are easily recognized by their dark browm plumage and the large
white area seen in their outer primaries. Saying this, the Pomarine Jaeger
and the Parasitic Jaegers
have many similarities among them.
Given a clear view, one can examine the size and build of the bird, its bill size and length, with the Pomarine Jaeger
having the larger
size and heavier bill. If, the birds are sitting on the water, the Parasitic Jaeger
can be better recognized by its noticeably longer tail
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