Eider
(Somateria Mollissima)

Appearance - The male Eider has a large grey-green wedge-shaped beak, black and white plumage, and a pale green nape. The legs and feet are olive-green. The female is brown but still has the large characteristic beak.

Notes - The female Eider plucks the feathers from her breast to line her nest. It used to be commonplace for Eider feathers (Eiderdown) to be harvested for filling pillows and quilts.

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