Duck Like

Common Goldeneye

Bucephala clangula
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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.

Male | Jim Burns

Female | Robert Shantz

Open water
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  • Article: Common Goldeneye
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: March 24, 2018
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