COMMON GOLDENEYE

COMMON GOLDENEYE (Bucephala clangula)

The common goldeneye is a medium-sized diving sea duck, feeding on what they can find underwater, i.e. insects, crustaceans, plants, etc. The bird breeds in the boreal regions and winters south of that range, including in PEI. The sexes have different plumage, with males having a black head with a white spot under the eye, whereas the female has a brown head. Their heads are quite large for the size of their body. This goldeneye male swims unevenly (see video below), as if it would take long strides with its legs and feet at each ‘step’, moving the head in tandem. Common goldeneyes nest in large tree holes, but also in nest boxes.

Common goldeneye pair - Ellen's Creek, PEI - Mar. 4, 2014 - © Denise Motard
Common goldeneye pair – Ellen’s Creek, PEI – Mar. 4, 2014 – © Denise Motard
Common Goldeneyes coming in for a landing - North Rustico, PEI - Feb. 19, 2017 - by Matt Beardsley
Common Goldeneyes coming in for a landing – North Rustico, PEI – Feb. 19, 2017 – by Matt Beardsley

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