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Common Eider

Length--23½ in.

Weight--5 lbs.

Thick-necked stocky birds, alternately flapping and sailing in flight;

flocks string out in a line, close to the water. Occurs in the United

States chiefly along New England coasts and occasionally south to New


Other eiders--king, spectacled and Stellar's--occur in Alaska and are

not pictured in this guide. King eiders occasionally are found in north

Atlantic coastal waters.