Spectacled eiders are large sea ducks with a very noticeable difference. The colourful males are distinguished by black feathers surrounding white eye patches, looking much like a pair of spectacles! The females in comparison are much less showy.
Spectacled eiders arrive along the coast of Alaska and northeastern Siberia to breed during spring, making nests next to ponds out of the tundra's high grass. But little is still known about where spectacled eiders spend the winter, it is probably somewhere in the Bering Sea. They differ from other eider ducks in that their feathers extend down to the nostrils on the bill.
Scientific name: Somateria fischeri
The following habitats are found across the Spectacled eider distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Year assessed: 2009
Classified by: IUCN 3.1