Common Goldeneye

Other Names: none

Distribution: Subarctic North Americ and Eurasia in summer; temperate waters in winter.

Goldeneye distribution range map

Description:

Size: 40-48 cm in length with a 62-77 cm wingspan.

Plumage: The bright yellow eye gives the species its name. Adult males have a dark head with a greenish tint and a white spot below the eye, a dark back and a white neck and underside. Adult females have a brown head and a mostly gray body. The legs are yellow to orange and the bill is black.

Species image
Common Goldeneye

Common Goldeneye

Bill Shape
spatulate
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
aleutians
arizona
arkansas
baja california
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
hawaii
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
squared-tail
Wing Shape
rounded-wings
Action
walking
Behavior
flocks
Markings
bold
cross
head
plain
round
Sounds
clear
Location
ground dwelling
Habitat
coasts
lakes rivers ponds
fields
flats
Forests
Oceans
Color
sheen
black
blackandwhite
brown
yellow
white
Body Shape
duck
Size
large
medium
Order
ducks, geese and swans - anatidae
ducks, geese and swans - anseriformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species