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Common Eider: Birds of Britain

Posted in Animals, Birds, Wildlife on Monday, 31 January 2011

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Common Eider – Birds of Britain

On eider farms in Iceland and Scandinavia, the famous eider-down is used to make quilts, being plentiful and easy for men to collect. This fine down is mottled brown, being plucked from the breast of the female duck to line the nest. The drake is black and white, and both have a distinctive streamlined head with no forehead bulge, the bill joining it almost in a straight line. These birds are often seen diving for molluscs in heavy seas.

This edited article originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 901 published on 28 April 1979. Click on a picture to find out more about licensing images for commercial or personal/educational use. We are also able to license textual material. Please contact us for details.

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