Barrow's Goldeneye

Bucephala islandica

A pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes
Photo courtesy of Clyde Robinson & Avian Empire

Barrow's Goldeneyes are diving ducks found along the coast of northeastern and northwestern North America. Highly territorial during the breeding season, at those times they frequent lakes, pools and small rivers. Outside that season, they form medium-sized flocks (up to 200 birds) and stay on large lakes and inshore coastal waters.

Adult males are easily distinguished by the crescent shaped white patch just behind the bill, tho' the females lack this characteristic. The eye, of course, is golden yellow. The high, somewhat bulging forehead distinguishes this species from the Common Goldeneye.

They prefer to nest in cavities near water and will use holes in trees if possible. Clutches are usually between 9 and 11 eggs and incubation usually lasts 32 days.

Another pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes

Immature Barrow's Goldeneyes



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