Barrow's goldeneye in exhibit

Barrow’s Goldeneye

Scientific Name
Bucephala islandica
Iceland, Canada, and the northwestern United States
Estimated Wild Population
Barrow's goldeneye in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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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.

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Barrow’s goldeneyes dive into shallow water to catch their prey.

Males attract females with elaborate breeding displays that include twisting and lifting their heads.

Females often return to the same elevated cavities, typically abandoned tree holes, to nest and lay eggs.

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