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    King Eider

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    King Eider

    Somateria spectabilis
    • ORDER: Anseriformes
    • FAMILY: Anatidae
    Basic Description

    A large duck of Arctic coastal waters, the King Eider is one of North America's most spectacular waterfowl species. Highly gregarious for most of the year, it forms prodigious flocks during spring migration, sometimes exceeding 10,000 individuals.

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    Other Names
    • Eider Real (Spanish)
    • Eider à tête grise (French)
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