French: Eider à tête grise German: Prachteiderente Spanish: Éider real
Canada and Sweden
Breeds on Arctic coasts of Europe, Asia and North America, except Iceland and Scandinavia (where may breed sporadically). In winter farther S, to NW & NE North America, Iceland, islands N of UK, and to Kamchatka Peninsula (NE Russia).
47–63 cm; male 1367–2000 g, female 1113–1923 g; wingspan 86–102 cm. Slightly smaller, shorter-necked and shorter-billed than S. mollissima,... read more
Considered to be generally less vocal than S. mollissima and differs from latter in that... read more
Marine; generally breeds on adjacent land, on freshwater lakes, pools, bogs and small rivers of... read more
Food and feeding
Molluscs, crustaceans, insect larvae (e.g. chironomids), echinoderms and other marine invertebrates (e.g. worms up to 30 mm long); little... read more
Starts Jun, e.g. median nest initiation date 14–22 Jun in C Canadian Arctic, eggs laid 15–28 Jun on Igloolik I (Northwest... read more
Migratory, although some populations only partially so, moving away from breeding areas in mid Aug... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common and locally abundant; difficulty of access to areas it frequents gives general idea that is less abundant than it really is,... read more
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