The king eider is a large sea duck that breeds along Northern Hemisphere Arctic coasts of northeast Europe, North America and Asia. The birds spend most of the year in coastal marine ecosystems at high latitudes, and migrate to Arctic tundra to. The king eider (Somateria spectabilis) is a large sea duck that breeds along Northern Hemisphere Arctic coasts of northeast Europe, North America and Asia. King eiders (Somateria spectabilis) · The North American population is separated into two subpopulations distinguished by wintering area: the Atlantic (eastern). Among the waterfowl of the world, none is more ornately adorned than the male King Eider, its black-and-white plumage accented by a red-and-orange bill, pearl-. In Europe, the population trend is unknown (BirdLife International ). Distribution and population. The King Eider breeds along the Arctic coasts of Europe. This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <. This hardy, ornately plumaged sea duck breeds in remote areas of both the New and the Old World Arctic, spending only a few weeks (males) to. A fantastic sea duck of the high Arctic. Breeding male is particularly shocking, as if you left a child unsupervised with a set of paints; it would be very. King Eider. Somateria spectabilis (Linnaeus, ). summary; taxon grid; synonyms; map; eBird; Wikipedia; NatureServe; ITIS. King Eider - Somateria spectabilis - Species Information and Photos - South Dakota Birds and Birding.