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jae·ger

 (yā′gər)
n.
1. (also jā′gər) Any of several migratory seabirds of the genus Stercorarius that breed in Arctic regions and harass smaller birds to snatch the food they drop.
2. A hunter or hunting attendant.

[German Jäger, hunter, jaeger, from Middle High German jeger, from Old High German jagāri, from jagōn, to hunt.]

jaeger

(ˈjeɪɡə)
n
1. (Military) military a marksman in certain units of the German or Austrian armies
2. (Military) a member of a light or mountain infantry unit in some European armies
3. (Animals) US and Canadian any of several skuas of the genus Stercorarius
4. (Hunting) rare a hunter or hunter's attendant
Also (for senses 1, 2, 4): jager or jäger
[C18: from German Jäger hunter, from jagen to hunt; see yacht]

jae•ger

(ˈyeɪ gər; for 1 also ˈdʒeɪ-)

n.
1. any of several gull-like, dark-colored seabirds of the genus Stercorarius (family Stercorariidae) that pursue gulls and terns in order to rob them of their prey.
2. a hunter.
[1770–80; < German Jäger hunter =jag(en) to hunt + -er -er1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jaeger - rapacious seabird that pursues weaker birds to make them drop their preyjaeger - rapacious seabird that pursues weaker birds to make them drop their prey
coastal diving bird - gull family; skimmer family; jaeger family; auk family
bonxie, skua - gull-like jaeger of northern seas
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Take a pelagic boat trip with the Brookline Bird Club to Stellwagen Bank, and beyond, and observe them along with long-tailed and parasitic jaegers from the tundra.
From the surveys, we identified 16 potential nest predators, with glaucous gulls (Larus hyperboreus) and parasitic jaegers (Stercorarius parasiticus) making up more than 80% of the observations.
Using different fitness currencies, I then test the predictions of these models as alternative hypotheses with fall migrating Parasitic Jaegers (Stercorarius parasiticus) kleptoparasitizing Common Terns (Sterna hirundo) at a migratory stopover located on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River, in Quebec.