King Eider (Somateria spectabilis)

According to an old legend, a king eider is simply a common eider whose age and experience have earned it the right to wear a “crown”.


King eiders are circumpolar. In Canada, they nest along the Arctic coast from southern Hudson Bay to Alaska and on most of the Arctic islands. In winter they move to the Pacific or Atlantic Oceans, where they range throughout the Maritimes and as far south as the northern United States.

For a complete species account, visit the Arctic section.