- Or you might get a sight of an Arctic skua going north, or a black guillemot with a fish in its mouth flying fast to feed its young. - "An Orkney Maid", Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr.
- We are told of the Skua, that pirate of the seas, that he swoops down upon the fishing birds, at the moment when they rise from the water with a capture. - "More Hunting Wasps", J. Henri Fabre.
- The skua in this way commonly takes part in the plundering of every eider island. - "The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II", A.E. Nordenskieold.