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Eider

Somateria mollissima

Description:

The Common Eider, Somateria mollissima, is a large (50–71 cm body length) 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, when it can form large flocks on coastal waters.

Habitat:

The eider's nest is built close to the sea and is lined with the celebrated eiderdown, plucked from the female's breasts.

Notes:

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LisaGrant
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LisaGrant

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Mar 27, 2010
Submitted on May 28, 2011

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