Barrow's Goldeneye

Adults are similar in appearance to the Common Goldeneye. Adult males have a dark head with a purplish gloss and a white crescent at the front of the face. Adult females have a yellow bill.

The Barrow's Goldeneye is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

Barrow's Goldeneye, Allan Brooks, Birds of Canada, 1934 Allan Brooks About twenty inches long. Dark purple iridescent head and throat. Black back. White breast and underside. White wing coverts and additional irregular spots. White crescent moon-shaped spot on each side of the head between the bill and the eyes. More

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) is a medium-sized sea duck of the genus Bucephala, the goldeneyes. This bird was named after Sir John Barrow. Adults are similar in appearance to the Common Goldeneye. Adult males have a dark head with a purplish gloss and a white crescent at the front of the face. Adult females have a yellow bill. More

Barrow's Goldeneye hybrids in the field. Birding 26:104 More

Remarks Two Barrow's Goldeneyes shot on 3 January 1933 were among three taken from a small flock of goldeneyes. The third bird was a drake Common Goldeneye. Because Barrow's Goldeneyes sometimes mingle with their more common relatives, to which they bear a marked resemblance, and because so few hunters distinguish one species from the other when shot, it may be that this species occurs here in winter more frequently than the relatively few records indicate. More

Barrow's Goldeneye - Bucephala islandicaMuch less common in the state than it's close cousin, the Common Goldeneye, the Barrow's Goldeneye is generally a casual winter visitor. The two species can be identified by the differing shape of the the males' facial white spots. Barrow's Goldeneyes strongly prefer cold, inland waters for breeding, and have also recently adapted their winter range to include cold discharge waters below large dams in the southwestern United States. More

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 California, and locally from southern British Columbia and northern Montana, south to southwestern Arizona, Utah, and Colorado; winters along east coast. Preferred habitats include open lakes and small ponds, inland lakes and rivers; winters almost exclusively on saltwater. More

The Barrow's Goldeneye is not rare, but it has a limited range and prefers cold water. Residents of northern North American seacoasts may see this bird in winter. For most bird watchers, the best time to see a Barrow’s Goldeneye, Bucephala islandica, is during the winter and the best place is a northern cove or inlet where fresh water flows into the ocean. More

A medium-sized black-and-white diving duck, the Barrow's Goldeneye was originally described from a population living in Iceland. It is, however, primarily a duck of the western mountains of North America. More

* Barrow's Goldeneye videos on the Internet Bird Collection * Stamps (for Canada, Iceland) with RangeMap * Barrow's Goldeneye photo gallery VIREO * Barrow's Goldeneye, Environment Canada * Barrow's Goldeneye, Talk about Wildlife This entry is from Wikipedia, the leading user-contributed encyclopedia. More

Barrow's Goldeneyes are diving birds that forage underwater. They eat aquatic insects, crustaceans and pond vegetation. Speaking in general terms, ducks feed off of larvae and pupae usually found under rocks, aquatic animals, plant material, seeds, small fish, snails, and crabs. Feeding Ducks ... More

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica), confluence of the Agua Fria and Gila Rivers in the West Phoenix valley. Adult male Barrow's Goldeneye left with adult male Common Goldeneye. There are few records of Barrow's Goldeneye away from the Colorado River region in Arizona. This is only the second record for Maricopa County. More

North American RangeFemale Barrow's Goldeneyes have gray bodies, brown heads, and yellow eyes. They can be very difficult to distinguish from the female Common Goldeneyes. The bill of the female Common Goldeneye is larger and mostly black with a yellow tip, while the Barrow's bill is smaller and mostly yellow. Male Barrow's Goldeneyes have iridescent purple heads that look black when not in the sun, and prominent, crescent-shaped white spots on each side of the head at the base of the bill. More

The Barrow's goldeneye ranges in weight from 1.7 to 2.3 pounds. Reproduction This duck is monogamous and generally breeds at two years of age. The Barrow's begin to pair in late winter, usually before their northward migration. These birds are cavity nesters, typically using pre-existing holes in moderate to large sized trees and man-made boxes. The Barrow's goldeneye will also use other waterfowl nests; each other's nests and other waterfowl will use their nests making for varying clutch sizes. More

Description: In flight, a Barrow's goldeneye is difficult to distinguish from a common goldeneye. A puffy, oval-shaped head; steep forehead and stubby triangular bill help distinguish it from a resting common goldeneye. The male Barrow's goldeneye has a glossy purplish head with a crescent-shaped white patch between the eye and bill. The dark back contrasts with the white neck, breast and belly. The scapulars are black with a distinctive row of rectangular white spots. More

The head on the Barrow's Goldeneye drake has a purplish sheen with a crescent shaped white spot in front of the yellow eyes. The back is black with rows of white spots. The chest, flanks and belly are white. The hen has a brown head and orange bill with a black tip. Her sides and back are gray and the underside is white. More

Barrows Goldeneye Barrow's goldeneye is 16-20 inches in length with a wingspan of about 30 inches. The male has a white body, a purple-black head, and a white crescent-shaped mark on the side of its face. The female has a gray body with a reddish-brown head and a white collar around her neck. The male and the female have a stubby black bill. The and female's bill has a yellow-orange tip. More

Barrow's Goldeneye, predominantly a westener, is less wary than the Common Goldeneye.. Typical Flok pattern Common Goldeneye, flock Drake Hen Drake Hen Barrow's Goldeneye Goldeneye, ident. More

Barrow's Goldeneye in Scotland = mikejweedon 11 vidéos S'abonnerModifier l'abonnement Chargement… 1334 vues 1334 vues mikejweedon — 18 janvier 2007 — This drake Barrow's Goldeneye was filmed on the flooding at Callander, Scotland in mid January 2007. It was disl... mikejweedon — 18 janvier 2007 — This drake Barrow's Goldeneye was filmed on the flooding at Callander, Scotland in mid January 2007. It was dislpaying at a female Goldeneye. More

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Order : Anseriformes
Family : Anatidae
Genus : Bucephala
Species : islandica
Authority : (Gmelin, 1789)