Common Goldeneye

(Bucephala clangula)

Conservation Status
Common Goldeneye
Photo by Ramona Abrego
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 
  NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB, SNRM - Unranked Breeding and Migrant

 
  Minnesota

not listed

 
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

16 to 20 in length

26 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Breeding: Marshes, ponds, lakes, rivers

Migration: Open water of lakes, large ponds, and rivers

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Late February to late May and early October to mid-December

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common migrant and breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Anseriformes (ducks, geese, swans, and relatives)  
 

Family

Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)  
 

Subfamily

Anatinae (dabbling ducks)  
 

Genus

Bucephala (goldeneyes and bufflehead)  
       
 

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  Common Goldeneye - Bucephala clangula
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About

Uploaded on Jan 31, 2010

These Common Goldeneye ducks are wintering in Lake Ontario. Around late March to early April they will begin returning to their northern Breeding grounds across Canada and Alaska. Common Goldeneye's can also be found in northern Europe and Asia.

   
  Knipor (Bucephala clangula) Goldeneye
Lars-Äke Theorin
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Apr 28, 2011

Knipor i Vallentunasjön i april 2011

   
  KNIPA Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) Klipp - 316
AROSFILM
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Apr 6, 2011

Knipa. Fläcksjön i Västmanland Mars 2011, Common Goldeneye in Sweden, AROS FILM Fotograf: Gunnar Fernqvist.

   
  Common Goldeneye Courting
slpatt
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Feb 23, 2011

Two pairs of Common Goldeneye on Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, CA, Feb. 23, 2011, exhibiting courting behavior. Listen carefully (ignoring the wind noise) throughout to hear the various sounds accompanying the behavior, although it's particularly pronounced in the first 15 seconds and at 1:25.

   
  ホオジロガモ Common Goldeneye
Birdlover.jp
 
   
 
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Published on Jan 7, 2014

ホオジロガモ動画

   

 

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  Terry O'Brien
1/28/2022

Location: Grand Marais harbor

small flock

   
  David Brown
2/17/2019

Location: Wild River State Park

 4-5 on the St Croix River, near the former dam.

   
  Ramona Abrego
4/26/2015

Location: Northwestern shore of Gunflint Lake, Grand Marais

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