King Eider

King eider walking along the beach with wings outstretched
King eider. Photo by Mathew Schwartz on Unsplash
AppearanceThe male king eider has a very unique watercolor appearance. His body is primarily black with a white head and chest. The head is further colored with shades of orange on its front, shades of green on the cheeks, and a bright orange bill. The female is an ordinary, dull brown throughout and a black bill.
DietMollusks, shellfish, crustaceans, algae, insects, and plants.
Feeder FoodN/A
HabitatOpen, treeless, and often rocky areas beside the ocean coast, wetlands, and lakes.
NestingThey are ground nesters. The 10″ wide nest is comprised of ground soil and later adorned with the female’s own down.
Clutch: 3-7 eggs
Egg color: olive to pale olive
Egg size: Unknown
Incubation: Incubation is for 22- 24 days. Fledglings leave the nest within days to practice flying which can take up to 50 days.

Range Map

King eider range map.
King eider range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.