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- n. Any large duck found in coastal waters, especially those of the subfamily Merginae.
Somateria mollisima is a seaduck that breeds colonially in the far north across North America, Europe, and Siberia (it is in the far north where eiderdown is collected from nests once the birds have left them, a practice that is sustainable and causes no harm) but spends its winters in more temperate climes, which is where most birders, including this one, manage to track it down.
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