Common Eider

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Common Eider

Somateria mollissima
  • ORDER: Anseriformes
  • FAMILY: Anatidae
Basic Description

A colorful duck of the northern seacoasts, the Common Eider is the largest duck in the Northern Hemisphere. The male's bright white, black, and green plumage contrasts markedly with the female's camouflaging dull striped brown.

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Other Names
  • Eider Común (Spanish)
  • Eider à duvet (French)
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