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Somateria mollisima It breeds in Arctic and some northern temperate regions, but winters somewhat farther south in temperate zones, when it can form large flocks on coastal waters. The male is black and white plumage with a green patch on the back side of the neck. The female is a brown bird, but can still be readily distinguished from all ducks, except other eider species, on the basis of size and head shape.<br />
Habitat: Very common dicks in subartic sea waters. (June, 2013)<br />
 Common Eider,Geotagged,Somateria mollissima,United Kingdom Click/tap to enlarge

Somateria mollisima

It breeds in Arctic and some northern temperate regions, but winters somewhat farther south in temperate zones, when it can form large flocks on coastal waters. The male is black and white plumage with a green patch on the back side of the neck. The female is a brown bird, but can still be readily distinguished from all ducks, except other eider species, on the basis of size and head shape.
Habitat: Very common dicks in subartic sea waters. (June, 2013)

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  1. An awesome duck, it always makes me think of a streamlined aircraft. Posted 4 years ago
  2. Yes, it has an interesting morphology. I also saw females with their babies. It marvels me how they are completely fine in these frigid waters! I know dicks have a different metabolism that keeps them warm but yet :-) Posted 4 years ago

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The Common Eider is a large sea-duck that is distributed over the northern coasts of Europe, North America and eastern Siberia. It breeds in Arctic and some northern temperate regions, but winters somewhat farther south in temperate zones, when it can form large flocks on coastal waters. It can fly at speeds up to 113 km/h .

The eider's nest is built close to the sea and is lined with the celebrated eiderdown, plucked from the female's breast. This soft and warm lining has long been.. more

Similar species: Ducks, Geese, Etc.
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Uploaded Jan 18, 2016. Captured in B9088, Shetland, Shetland Islands ZE2 9DJ, UK.