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Common Goldeneye

Bucephala clangula

The Common Goldeneye nests in tree cavities throughout most of Canada and southeast Alaska. These birds also live in Asia and northern Europe. Like the Wood Duck of North America, the baby ducks first step is from a great height, often up to 40 feet to the ground below.

The facial markings of male birds are similar to the male Barrow’s Goldeneye, but the Barrow’s white patch is pointy at the top like a teardrop or an inverted comma, where the Common Goldeneye’s patch is more rounded.

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