Stunning regal plumage sets the males of this species apart
Our Expert Says… "These stunning birds are warier than the common eider ducks who seem to relish the attention of you and your fellow explorers! Your guide should slow the Zodiac down if they spot King eider so that everyone gets the chance to see them before they take flight. The remarkable plumage makes them absolutely worth the extra effort to get a good sighting and a photo."
The king eider is a breeding sea duck of the high Arctic. Large in size, king eiders grow up to 70cm (28”) long and have wingspans of up to 1m (40”). Males can weigh over 1.6kg (3.5lb).
Pictures of King Eider
Our trips to spot the King Eider