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The King Eider isn’t the usual sort of bird which comes up in everyday conversation, but it should be. This beautiful duck has more to it than most people know. Here are some facts about it. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: The Females Nest Alone

In most birds, it is common for both the male and female to tend after the eggs, as it is a strenuous job that takes a lot of  time, and because they must also be wary of predators. The King Eider does not do this: the females tend the eggs alone. Nature is amazing.

Number Fourteen: They Dive Deep

The King Eider is an unusual bird that dives deep into the water to get its food. The animals have even been caught in fishing nets a good 150 feet underwater.

Number Thirteen: They Can’t Breed in Spring

While many animals indeed breed in the spring, these birds breed in the summer. Since they migrate in such cold climates, the only time they can go into a breeding season is when it’s warm enough.

Number Twelve: Their Flocks Are Huge

When the King Eider migrates, it isn’t no small thing. Many of their flocks are estimated to carry more than 100,000 birds, which must truly be quite the sight.

Number Eleven: There’s a Legend Behind the King Eider

Not every species has a legend behind it, but the King Eider does. This legend says that the animal is nothing different than the common Eider with so much experience that they have basically been given the means to become another species.

Number Ten: Green Eggs and Ham?!

Well, minus the ham. The King Eider has an interesting green egg color, which makes no sense if you think about it. In the area in which they live, their eggs, being such a different color than the surroundings, would stick out like a sore thumb. Having said this, this hasn’t changed their ability to survive (at least, not much).

Number Nine: They Go to Water Early On

There’s usually a set time that a land animal waits before going into the water, but the King Eider seems to be completely different in this regard. After it hatches, the baby birds are basically ready to swim.

There is so much more to this bird than most people realize. Stay tuned for the second part of the article, which is coming soon!

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