Baking: King Eider

 

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Somateria spectabilis

Length: 18-25 Weight: 2.5-4.5 lbs

Identification:

Male has a black body and white breast, with a brilliant blue, green, orange and red head. Female is lighter and less heavily barred than Common Eider.

KIEI

Distribution: 

Breed coastally in far northern Alaska and Canada. Winter on the Aleutian Islands and Newfoundland, straying into surrounding oceans.

Cool Facts:

King Eiders can dive upwards of 80 feet to feed on seabeds.

Female eiders tend their nests alone, and may go at least a week without leaving for food.

Make your own bird cookies!

Cookie recipe

Homemade cookie cutter guide

References:

All About Birds

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