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Common Goldeneye

(Bucephala clangula)
Alternate name(s): Race "clangula": "Eurasian Goldeneye"; race "americana": "American Goldeneye"
German name(s): "Schellente"

Size: 45-52 cm (male); 40-50 cm (female)
wing span 62-77 cm (both sexes combined)
Weight: 890-1400 g (male); 500-1180 g (female)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Common Goldeneye at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "clangula"

This race is also called the "Eurasian Goldeneye".

ADULT

MALE

BREEDING

Lateral view of a male Common Goldeneye in breeding plumage right, with a female on the left (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, April 2017]

Lateral view of a male Common Goldeneye with two females on the right (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, April 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a male Common Goldeneye (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, April 2017]

Three male Common Goldeneyes, with a female, second from right (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, April 2017]

FEMALE

Lateral view of a female Common Goldeneye flapping its wings (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, April 2017]

Two female Common Goldeneyes (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, April 2017]

Group of Common Goldeneyes resting in shallow water (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, April 2017]

Small flock of Common Goldeneyes in flight (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, April 2017]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a juvenile Goldeneye taking a bath (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lake Wigry, Mazurias, Poland, August 2017]

The absence of either a yellow tip of the bill, white cheek patch or collar suggests that these two birds are immature Goldeneyes (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lake Wigry, Mazurias, Poland, August 2017]

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