The Common Eider is the largest duck in the Northern Hemisphere. Tipping the scales at a whopping six pounds, this duck also called the Elder a duvet in French, can be found along coastal islands or along ponds and lagoons near the ocean. The male’s distinct bright white, black and green feathers and yelllow or orange bill set it apart from the dull camouflage brown color found on the femaies. A general decline in the population of this beautiful bird has been noted in all North American races dropping from 311,000-376,000 birds in the mid-1980s to 71,000 in the mid-1990’s. Declines may be tied to high harvest levels along with a decline in food abundance and quality.
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