Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53797

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Bucephala
Genus species:Bucephala clangula

Animal Characteristics

Identification:The male goldeneye has a puffy black head glossed with green. Its face has white spots, and the upper wing is white as well. Females are mottled brown and buff with a chocolate brown head.
Habitat:Forested lakes, rivers, salt bays, sea coasts
Diet:Carnivore: fish eggs, crustaceans, mollusks, fish, worms, frogs, leeches
Reproduction:Nesting is done in tree cavities. Females lay 7-10 eggs and incubate them for 29-30 days. The chicks leave the nest to follow their mother at one or two days of age. They first fly after 56-66 days.
During the winter, goldeneyes will form compact floating rafts of birds in the water. They roost in large flocks.
Behavior:Goldeneyes are mostly aquatic.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:A whistling sound can be heard as these birds fly, making them easily identifiable at long distances.

Other Information

Geographic:North America
Central portions of Northern Europe
Central portions of Asia
Date:1973-06 Subjects:Common goldeneye
duck-like bird
Barrows goldeneye
Goldeneye
Bucephala
Anatidae
Anseriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Water birds
Waterfowl
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/53797