Somateria spectabilis 

Status:  Accidental in fall.

Documentation: Photograph: 10-24 Nov 1985 DeSoto NWR, Washington Co (Mollhoff 1989, Kent 1987, Cortelyou 1986).

Taxonomy:  No subspecies are recognized.

RecordThere is one record, of two birds that remained at DeSoto NWR 10-24 Nov 1985; identification of the birds as King Eiders was discussed by Kent (1987).

Comments:   Kent (1987) noted that King Eider might be expected to occur in the upper Midwest with more frequency than Common Eider, but that reports of Common Eider were surprisingly numerous. Kent suggested that some early Common Eider specimens may have been misidentified, as some early records of Common Eider for Iowa later were shown to be in fact King Eiders. There are four Iowa records of King Eider, in the period 8-24 Nov (Kent and Dinsmore 1996), and one from Kansas, a specimen collected in Douglas Co 27 Nov 1947 (Thompson et al 2011).


NWR: National Wildlife Refuge

Literature Cited

Cortelyou, R.G. 1986. The DeSoto NWR eiders. NBR 54: 81.

Kent, T.H. 1987. Eiders in Iowa. Iowa Bird Life 57: 88-93.

Kent, T.H., and J.J. Dinsmore. 1996. Birds in Iowa. Published by the authors, Iowa City and Ames, Iowa, USA.

Mollhoff, W.J. 1989. Second report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 57: 42-47.

Recommended Citation

Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen.  2018.  King Eider (Somateria spectabilis). In Birds of Nebraska — Online.

Birds of Nebraska – Online

Updated 12 Jul 2018