Belongs to: ducks

Eider Somateria mollisima

BoCC Amber list


Best time to see: early Sep to end May

Key facts

Large stocky seaduck with steep flat forehead, famous for its soft down

Habitat: sea and estuaries

Resident and breeds along the northern coasts of Britain; winter visitor elsewhere

Recognition

Male: mainly white and black above with long sloping forehead; female is brown and buff finely barred; 60 cm

Forms small flocks on coastal waters where birds dive to feed

Eats crustaceans, molluscs and other invertebrates; flight very powerful and direct

  • Main photo
  • female

Photo © Robin Chittenden

Photo © Robin Chittenden