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Common Goldeneye - male

Bucephala clangula


Pretty, easy to ID drake Common Goldeneye. Diagnostic are the shape of the white cheek patch and the black and white pattern on the wings. Similar species, Barrow's Goldeneye differs in these 2 areas.


Winters along the west coast of NA and much of the US and breeds in the interior of Canada and Alaska. Breeds on open lakes and ponds.


The courtship display of these males is very interesting to watch. He throws his head back in an elaborate display and makes a double-noted harsh high-pitched call. A sound recording would be good too!

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Beautiful !

JeanSawatzky 8 years ago

The first time I have ever seen a Common Goldeneye come in with the Mallards for treats from people. It was great to see one this close.

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Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Feb 7, 2013
Submitted on Feb 9, 2013

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