Barrow's Goldeneye

Bucephala islandica

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

BAGO

Code 6

BUCISL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Barrow's Goldeneye has a large breeding range of 2.2 million square kilometers, and breeds on lakes and rivers in parts of eastern Canada, the northern Rocky Mountains, western Canada, and Alaska. This species winters on large lakes and coastal waters in eastern Canada, the western United States, and western Canada. It is also resident on Iceland. Barrow's Goldeneye has a stable population of about 200,000, and has been given a conservation rating of Least Cocern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Barrow's Goldeneye: Medium diving duck with black upperparts, contrasting white shoulder bars, white underparts. Head is large, glossy, and purple-black with golden yellow eyes and a crescent-shaped white patch behind a dark bill. White wing patches are visible in flight. Yellow legs and feet.

 

Range and Habitat

Barrow's Goldeneye: Breeds in Alaska, western Canada, and the northwest U.S.; also breeds in eastern Canada. Spends winters from southern Alaska, south along coast to central Calif., and locally from southern BC and northern Montana, south to southwestern Arizona, Utah, and Colorado; also winters along East Coast. Preferred habitats include open lakes and small ponds, inland lakes and rivers.

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Barrow's Goldeneye SONGS AND CALLS

Barrow's Goldeneye A1

Display clicks from 2-3 males.

Barrow's Goldeneye P1

Whistling wingbeats as 2 males take flight.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"ka-kaa"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • It is rather long-lived for a duck, with one individual reaching 18 years of age. Most females do not breed until they are three years old.
  • Once the ducklings leave the nest, the broods of different females often come together and are taken care of by a single female.
  • The Barrow’s Goldeneye was named for Sir John Barrow, an English statesman.
  • A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "flush", "paddling", "raft", and "team" of ducks.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
ShoulderX
The short feathers overlying the median secondary coverts on the top of the wing. They are located near the back and can be seen as the “first row” of feathers on the birds wing. They are also called marginal coverts and lesser secondary coverts.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X