Birds of Namibia
Introduction: Long-tailed jaegers (Stercoraraius longicaudus) are found singly or in small groups of around 5 birds in their distribution habitat. They roost at sea and fly high over the water, lowering to hug the sea surface when flying into the wind.
Distribution: Observed in outer continental shelf and oceanic waters and they are only observed in Namibian coastal waters after strong winds.
Diet: Follows ships to snatch scraps of food from the water and will scavenge from Cape fur seals for small fish, crustaceans and squid.
Description: Longicaudus is Latin for 'long-tailed'. Often confused with parasite jaeger which is larger and heavier.
Breeding: Breeds mainly north of the Arctic Circle and migrates to warmer summer waters in March/April returning mid May/June.
Size: 40cm (excluding tail streamers). Weight: 275g. Wingspan: 110cm.
Spend the day fishing off the Namibian coast
A day spent up to 25km of the coast in search of game fish
A day on the beaches of the Skeleton Coast