Estimated Wild Population
Barrow’s goldeneyes were named for their bright yellow eyes, which contrast against their dark face. They are sexually dimorphic, meaning males and females differ in appearance. During breeding season, males have dark purple, iridescent heads and dark faces with white patches. Females have olive heads, dark wings, and a white underside. These medium-sized duck spends much of their time in the water, where they forage for aquatic invertebrates and plants.
Interesting Fact 1
Barrow’s goldeneyes dive into shallow water to catch their prey.
Interesting Fact 2
Males attract females with elaborate breeding displays that include twisting and lifting their heads.
Interesting Fact 3
Females often return to the same elevated cavities, typically abandoned tree holes, to nest and lay eggs.
Commitment to Care
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