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Common Goldeneye

Bucephala clangula

Common Goldeneye
copyright Jim Burns
Length: 19 in. (47 cm)
In the winter this noisy duck gathers in small to large flocks on deep rivers, open lakes and coastal bays where they dive for crustaceans, molluscs, insects, fish and aquatic vegetation. In flight they produce a distinctive metallic whistling noise with their wings. During the summer they move to higher elevation forested ponds where they nest high in tree cavities lined with wood chips and feathers. The four-digit banding code is COGO.

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