Spectacled Eider

Somateria fischeri

Like other birds, the spectacled eider swallows pebbles to help it crush and digest food. Unfortunately, lead shotgun pellets also can be swallowed, and lead poisoning is a major reason this large diving duck is threatened. The ban on lead shot is one step towards saving the spectacled eider.

Fact File

Species @ Risk Image
where to see themWhere to see them: Wings of the World
lengthLength: 20 to 22 in
weightWeight: Up to 3.6 lbs
habitatHabitat: Ocean and coastal tundra
dietDiet: Clams, mollusks, aquatic insects, some plants
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (U.S. Endangered Species List—Threatened)