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Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)
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Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

General Description: Common Goldeneyes (Bucephala clangula) are sexually dimorphic pond ducks that often winter in coastal areas. In both genders, the bill is long and the eyes are golden yellow.

In males, the head is black with a bit of green gloss (sometimes purple) and a large, round white spot between the eye and bill. The back is black, the wings are white with black lines, and the front and sides are white. The bill is black.

In females, the head is brown and puffy. The back, wings, and sides are mottled gray-brown and white, and the front and neck are white. The bill is black with a yellow tip.

Taxonomy: Anseriformes, Anatidae, Anatinae.

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Favored Habitat: Inland lakes and rivers in northern forests during the breeding season (nesting in tree cavities), and sheltered coastal areas, inland lakes, and large rivers during winter.

Where to Find: Common Goldeneye breed in the great northern forests, then fly south to spend the winter throughout the US and northern Mexico. They are uncommon around Las Vegas during winter, but keep an eye out for them when birding at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, Boulder Beach at Lake Mead NRA, the Pahranagat Valley, and the Overton Wildlife Management Area.

Comments: Goldeneyes feed on aquatic invertebrates, vegetation, and any other little thing they can catch.

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) If you were a tasty clam or perhaps a tasty snail, this might be the last face you ever see!
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)
Male Common Goldeneye
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Male Common Goldeneye
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Female Common Goldeneye
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Female Common Goldeneye in flight
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)
Female Common Goldeneye in flight
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Common Goldeneye on Lake Mead
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)
Note green iridescence on head of male (Lake Mead)
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)
Female: note yellow tip on bill (Lake Mead)
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)
Common Goldeneye and Barrow's Goldeneye at Lake Mead
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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