French: Eider de Steller German: Scheckente Spanish: Éider menor
Breeds on Arctic coasts of N Alaska W to Yamal Peninsula, Siberia; occasionally farther W, to extreme N Norway#R. Winters from S Alaska and Bering Sea S to N Japan, NE Atlantic Ocean and Baltic Sea.
43–48 cm; male 690–1010 g, female 625–970 g; wingspan 70–76 cm. The most Anas-like of the eiders due to its comparatively small size, lesser... read more
Male is considered to be relatively silent compared to other eiders (Somateria), but... read more
Breeds on Arctic pools, small lakes, rivers and tundra bogs, favouring moss-lichen polygonal tundra... read more
Food and feeding
Chiefly molluscs, crustaceans and other marine invertebrates (worms, echinoderms), small fish and freshwater insects and larvae. In Alaska... read more
Starts Jun/Jul, with first arrivals (already paired) on breeding grounds in early Jun and most birds reaching the nesting areas in mid Jun... read more
Migratory, with movements of up to 3000 km for moulting purposes: subadults first to moult,... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Common, locally abundant species with total world population estimated at c. 500,000 birds in early 1970s, but more recently at 110,000–125,000 individuals... read more
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