King Eider

Somateria Spectabilis

Male King Eiders

-Males have a black lower back, rump, scapulars, tale coverts, breast, belly and sides.

-The tale is brown-black, and the bill is orange, sweeping upward into an orange frontal

-sheild outlined in black with a pale blue crest.

-The neck, chest, and fore back are creamy white.

-Legs and feet are dull yellow, to orange

Female King Eiders

-Female Kings are tawny-brown, barred with dusky brown chevrons (v marks) that can be similar in color to common eiders.

-The bill and facial skin is a dark olive gray.

-The legs and feet are also grayish.


-They breed along the Artic Coast from Alaska to Greenland and along most of the Northern Hudson Bay shoreline.

-The King Eiders loay an average of 4-5 eggs.

Average length, and average weight

Average length: M 23", F 21"
Average weight: M 3.7 lbs., F 3.5 lbs.

What I found most interesting..

King Eiders are large sea ducks that nest in Arctic ecosystems around the world and migrate and winter at sea. Since 2002, the University of Alaska Fairbanks has tracked the migration and movements of King Eiders from breeding grounds in northern Alaska. King Eiders migrated from breeding grounds in northern Alaska to winter regions in the Bering Sea. Females returned to breeding grounds in Alaska, and the males scatter over 50% of species. It also occurs off the northeastern United States and Kamchatka. Wintering birds can form large flocks on suitable coastal waters, with some flocks exceeding 100,000 birds.