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Bird  Eider

Male Eider Duck - Photo  Copyright 2003 Elliott Neep Photo: Elliott Neep

UK Safari Tip:
Find out how to identify wetland birds with this special fold out ID chart - click here

 

Latin name: Somateria mollissima

Size: Approximately 60cms.

Distribution: Small numbers can be seen around most of the coast of Britain.

Months seen: All year round.

Food: Feed mainly on molluscs.

Habitat: Found around rocky coasts and islands off mainland UK.

Special features: This is where we get the word "eiderdown" from. The soft feathers of the eider duck have been used for many years as a filling for bedcovers.

Eider ducks nest on the ground, usually on small islands.

Click for a better viewThe dark colour of the females helps them to stay hidden while they incubate their eggs.


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