Common Eider

Other Names: none

Distribution: arctic coasts worldwide in summer; north Atlantic and Pacific waters in winter.

Eider distribution range map

Description:

Size: 60-70 cm in length with a 95-105 cm wingspan.

Plumage:  Males have black underparts, a white back, head and breast, a dark crown, and a greenish tinge on back of head. Females are generally mottled brown, with flanks barred with white. The eyes are black and the bill is gray with a yellowish-gray tip.

Species image
Common Eider

Common Eider

Bill Shape
spatulate
long billed
Regions
alaska
alberta
aleutians
atlanticcoast
british columbia
california
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
greenland
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
labrador
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
michigan
minnesota
missouri
nebraska
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new york
north atlantic coast
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
ontario
oregon
pacific coast
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
texas
vermont
virginia
washington
wisconsin
yukon
Tail Shape
pointed-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Action
walking
Markings
crown
streaks
Sounds
harsh call
soft
Location
ground dwelling
north in summer
south in summer
south in winter
Habitat
coasts
Oceans
Marshes
Color
black
brown
yellow
white
Body Shape
necklong
duck
Size
large
Order
ducks, geese and swans - anatidae
ducks, geese and swans - anseriformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species