Living Bird Magazine
Steller's EiderPolysticta stelleri
- ORDER: Anseriformes
- FAMILY: Anatidae
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.More ID Info
- Eider Menor (Spanish)
- Eider de Steller (French)
- Cool Facts
- Spends the winter in large flocks. Flocks dive synchronously and may create a spray as they dive and then surface in unison.
- The oldest recorded Steller's Eider was a female, and at least 23 years old. She was banded in Alaska in 1975, and found in Russia in 1997.