EIDER
(Somateria Mollissima)
Demoiselle Crane           Emperor Goose


Tundra Zone - Slimbridge
The Eider Duck can be found in the Tundra Zone, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)
Breeding Habitat
Coastal areas in north America, north Europe, Arctic, Greenland, and eastern Siberia.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
They winter from Greenland to the South Atlantic coast and Southern Alaska.

Conservation Status


Size
500mm to 710mm (20" to 28")

Appearance - Drake
The male has a Black head with White cheeks and a Green/Grey nape. The breast and upperparts are White, the flanks Black, a Black rump and tail. The distinctive bill is Green/Grey and the feet and legs are Olive Green.

Appearance - Duck
The female has Brown ‘barred’ plumage with a duller Green/Grey bill.

Habitat
Coastal areas, Lagoons, Lakes and Rivers.

Diet
Shellfish, especially Mussels, Molluscs and Crustaceans.

Breeding Time
Early April to mid June

Nest
Built in a slight hollow in the ground, usually sheltered by vegetation or rocks.

Eggs
Quantity: 3 to 5
Colour: Olive/Grey

Slimbridge Wildfowl C - F
Canada Goose (Branta Canadensis)
Canvasback (Aythya Valisineria)
Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis Novaehollandiae)
Cape Teal (Anas Capensis)
Chestnut Teal (Anas Castanea)
Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Chilensis)
Chiloe Wigeon (Anas Sibilatrix)
Chinese Spot-Billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha)
Comb Duck (Sarkidiornis Melanotos)
Common Merganser (Mergus Merganser)
Coot (Fulica Atra)
Coscoroba Swan (Coscoroba Coscoroba)
Crested Screamer (Chauna Torquata)
Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides Virgo)
Eider (Somateria Mollissima)
Emperor Goose (Anser or Chen Canagicus)
Eurasian Crane (Grus Grus)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas Penelope)
Falcated Duck (Anas Falcata)
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya Nyroca)
Freckled Duck (Stictonetta Naevosa)
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EIDER
Demoiselle Crane           Emperor Goose
Eider
©Nigel Key Eiders (Slimbridge April 2011)

The Eider is a large seaduck of the genus Somateria of which there are 3 species, the Common Eider, the King Eider and the Spectacled Eider.

The down of the eider duck (as well as others) is used to fill pillows and quilts which gave rise to the quilt being known as the Eiderdown.
   Hear the Eider's Call:-

Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
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 Eider (Slimbridge July 2013)  Eider (Slimbridge July 2013)  Eider (Slimbridge November 2013)
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 Eider (Slimbridge July 2013)  Eider (Slimbridge July 2013)  Eider (Slimbridge July 2013)
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 Eider (Slimbridge October 2012)  Eider (Slimbridge July 2013)  Eider (Slimbridge July 2013)
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Male/FemaleEider (Slimbridge April 2011) Male Eider (Slimbridge April 2011) Female Eider (Slimbridge October 2011)
Male/Female 09/04/11
Male 09/04/11
Female 01/10/11
Female Eider (Slimbridge June 2009) Male Eider (Slimbridge June 2010) Male/Female Eider (Slimbridge April 2011)
Female 03/06/09
Male 04/06/10
Male/Female 09/04/11





Related Links: -
W.W.T. Official Website - www.wwt.org.uk/