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Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by Jennings, 12 May 2024.

  1. Jennings

    Jennings Well-Known Member 10+ year member

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    Just browsing the website of this private (but open to the public) breeder and dealer near Hull and I noticed that they have Steller's Eider in their catalogue. I last saw this taxon at Pensthorpe in the mid-90s and according to Zootierliste only one zoo on their books - the Alaska SeaLife Centre - currently holds them. Are there many in private hands or are Smith's the only UK breeder?

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    I saw a stellers eider at blackbrook sometime in the 90s, back in the day when it was a proper collection and believed in cages.
     
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    Prochilodus246 Well-Known Member

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    As far as I'm aware these are the last remaining Steller's eiders in the country however, I can not tell you how many he has. The chap also has the other eider taxa and I believe also some Pacific common eider too.
     
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    Jennings Well-Known Member 10+ year member

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    He does indeed have Pacific Eider and has evidently recently bred them as he is offering birds for sale.

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    I believe they were bred last year, I think I remember him saying it was difficult finding homes for these as well as species like Anas smithii
     
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