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Common Eider

Somateria mollissima


It is characterized by its bulky shape and large, wedge-shaped bill. The male is unmistakable, with its black and white plumage and green nape. The female is a brown bird, but can still be readily distinguished from all ducks, except other eider species, on the basis of size and head shape.


Sea-duck that is distributed over the northern coasts of Europe, North America and eastern Siberia. It breeds in Arctic and some northern temperate regions, but winters somewhat farther south in temperate zones.

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The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Yes, Alice. They were hilarious to watch :-)

alicelongmartin 6 years ago

It looks like they are in a contest in the Video, who can flap the hardest!!

Knokke-Heist, Vlaanderen, Belgium

Lat: 51.33, Long: 3.31

Spotted on Feb 19, 2012
Submitted on Mar 25, 2012


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