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Sea Ducks


At present, pages are limited to the 7 species of sea ducks that nest in the US EEZ of the Western Arctic, but generally move southward during winter. Like many other ducks, males and females have different color patterns.

In contrast to dabbling and diving ducks, Sea Ducks live in coastal waters. ea ducks have great diving skills, they prefer animal foods to plant matter and feed more on molluscs than do the other waterfowl. They typically eat large invertebrates, including clams, mussels, shrimp, snails and small crabs, when on their wintering grounds and some eat shellfish, fish eggs or fish.

Sea ducks migrate longer distances for wintering grounds than many freshwater ducks. They are an important food resource for the Arctic native population, and several species are now of international conservation concern.

Page Author: Falk Huettmann
Created: Aug 23, 2008

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