The King Eider sea duck is a bird that lives in the Arctic.
They often dive deep to the ocean floor to eat mollusks and crustaceans.
The male King Eider is a strikingly beautiful bird, with feathers of black, white, gray, and green, and its beak is orange with an unusual knobby shape.
Female King Eiders are mostly chestnut brown.
There is an old legend that says the King Eider is simply a Common Eider whose age and experience have earned it the right to wear a “crown” but we know now that they are actually different species.
King Eiders migrate to the far North for summer and they travel in enormous groups. Sometimes a flock consists of more than 10,000 birds!
For more information about polar bears and Arctic wildlife, see the new IMAX® film “To The Arctic 3D” opening in select IMAX Theatres starting April 20, 2012. “To The Arctic 3D” is a MacGillivray Freeman Film from Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Corporation. Presented by One World One Ocean Foundation.
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Check out OWOO’s Blue-Zoo Blog on the King Eider Sea Duck!