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    Steller's Eider

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    Steller's Eider

    Polysticta stelleri
    • ORDER: Anseriformes
    • FAMILY: Anatidae
    Basic Description

    The smallest eider, the Steller's Eider is restricted to northern latitudes where it breeds in freshwater tundra ponds. It spends the rest of the year in shallow marine waters. Birders rarely see it outside of Alaskan waters.

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    Other Names
    • Eider Menor (Spanish)
    • Eider de Steller (French)
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