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Barrow's Goldeneye

Garrot d'Islande

Bucephala islandica


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Life, Habitat & Pictures of the Barrow`s Goldeneye

B L W W W Family Latin Name
18" 45.7cm 28" 71cm 2.1lb 952.5g Anatidae Bucephala islandica

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Barrow's Goldeneye

Distribution: The Barrow's Goldeneye is one of two goldeneye species seen in North America. The other is the Common Goldeneye. Both these waterfowl species are nicknamed "Whistlers" because of the sound of their wing beats. The Barrow's Goldeneye has an extended black line leading into its breast and is known as a "spur" and an elliptical white cheek patch instead of a rounded cheek patch like the Common Goldeneye. Is mostly a western bird and is seen from the western areas of the Northwest Territories, Yukon Territories, southern regions of Alaska. Most of British Columbia, the western border of Alberta and in the northwestern corner US states. There is also a small population in the northeastern area of the continent.




References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society


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