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Common Eider

Somateria mollissima

This diving duck inhabits the coasts of Canada's far north, sometimes wintering in the more southern reaches of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. The female eider plucks her own down to line her nest; this down is highly valuable to the eiders as insulation against the arctic sea.

Map of Common Eider in Canada
Distribution of Common Eider in Canada

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