King Eider

This stout sea duck dives for shellfish in cold, coastal waters at all times of year. The feathering is dense, with a thick layer of down. Males have an unusual bulging forehead.

• NliST A hollow lined with down, that the birds pluck from their undersides.

• DISTRIBUTION Breeds in n. Alaska, Canada, and Eurasia. Winters as far south as S. Alaska,

_ «lew England, and Kamchatka.

forehead bulge

Female decorative, upward-curving feathers

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