Somateria spectabilis


Common Names: King eider, qengallek
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Ducks, Geese, & Swans

This species is smaller than the common eider. The male is unmistakable with its black body, white breast and multicoloured head. The female is a brown bird, but can still be readily distinguished from all ducks except other eider species on size and structure. The head is shorter than in the common eider, and the feathering extension onto the bill is rounded, not triangular in shape. Immature drakes are typically all dark with a white breast and a yellow bill patch. Eclipse adult drakes are similar but lack the white breast.

Found near coastal areas.

Edible Notes: They are reportedly consumed by the central Alaskan Yup'ik people in spring, so they are edible. They are however quite rare in Connecticut and should not be taken for food here.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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