Tuesday, September 13, 2005

American Eider Drake (Somateria Spectabilis)

Title: American Eider Drake, Alternative Title: Somateria Spectabilis, Creator: Smart, Glen, Source: CD#1_3621, Publisher: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Contributor: DIVISION OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.

Language: EN - ENGLISH, Rights: (public domain), Audience: (general), Subject: bird, birds, waterfowl, drake.

The Eider breeds in freshwater areas near the arctic coast and on arctic islands of North America, Europe an asia. The species winters on the coasts of its range. May sometimes be found at inland freshwater bodies.

Feeds on mullusks, crustaceans and aquatic insects as well as some vegetation. To feed the Eider may dive to a depth of 200 feet.

They begin breeding at the age of 2 or 3. The down lined nest containing 4 to 5 eggs is attended by multiple females and will be found within 50 feet of water. Incubation period is 22 to 24 days

American Eider Drake (Somateria Spectabilis)

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