Quantcast
Last updated on April 17, 2014 at 7:39 EDT

Latest Steller's Eider Stories

d116e3bbc8576e643de5fd65d9800c5b1
2007-09-24 21:37:16

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Maybe it was the private room with soft moss for nesting, or the duck penthouse about 8 inches off the ground to simulate the raised ridges upon which Steller's eiders like to breed in arctic Alaska, or the older guy who had done some living on the wild side. Whatever it was, this girl got busy. She laid a whopping 23 eggs in two clutches, proving that Steller's eiders can successfully be bred in captivity. "She laid quite a few more eggs than expected," said Tuula...


Latest Steller's Eider Reference Libraries

34_12f8f5648d6ee154c582c7e193e9a5d2
2005-06-08 20:13:34

The King Eider (Somateria spectabilis) is a large sea duck which breeds along the arctic coasts of northeast Europe, North America and Asia. The lined nest is built on tundra close to the sea, and 4-6 eggs are laid. It winters somewhat further south in winter to eastern Canada and Norway, where it can form large flocks on suitable coastal waters, and it is annual off the northeastern USA, Scotland and Kamchatka. This species dives for crustaceans and mollusks, with mussels being a favored...

30_65692be85f7875fe07f9e3917fec288b
2005-06-02 08:12:17

The Spectacled Eider (Somateria fischeri) is a large sea duck that breeds on the coasts of Alaska and northeastern Siberia. It is slightly smaller than the Common Eider at 52-57cm. The male is unmistakable with its black body, white back, and yellow-green head with the large circular white eye patches which give the species its name. The drake's call is a weak crooning, and the female's a harsh croak. The lined nest is built on tundra close to the sea, and 5-9 eggs are laid. This species...

30_e4a215290b86b631f3ba70ff9f13d96b
2005-06-02 08:07:13

The Steller's eider (Polysticta stelleri) is a medium to large sea duck (yet the smallest of te eiders), which breeds along the arctic coasts of eastern Siberia and Alaska. The lined nest is built on tundra close to the sea, and 6-10 eggs are laid. It winters somewhat further south in the Bering Sea, northern Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea. It can form large flocks, up to 200,000 birds on suitable coastal waters. It is scarce south of its wintering range. This species dives for...

More Articles (3 articles) »