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The common Eider duck

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With their superb plumage and distinctive, endearing calls, eiders are a much-loved sight around the coast of Arran.

In the breeding season, the male is easily identified by his pristine black and white plumage, beautifully complemented by a subtle green nape and a soft pinkish flush on his white chest feathers. By contrast, the female is brown with an intricately barred pattern, ideal colours for sitting camouflaged on a nest on the ground.

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