According to an old legend, a king eider is simply a common eider whose age and experience have earned it the right to wear a “crown”.
Well this elder was sent to us from USF&W in Barrow, Alaska. Barrow is located 618 miles north of Anchorage. Check out the link to Barrow, it's a very interesting place with lots of history and local culture. It's the fartest northern city in the U.S.
The King was found on the side of the road and wouldn't fly off when approached. He has some minor damage to his bill and was a little dehydrated. We speculate that he flew into something. He will more than likely spend the next few weeks with Bird TLC being pampered like a King.