Common Goldeneye

About the Common Goldeneye
Also known as: American Goldeneye, Goldeneye, Cobhead, Whistler

The Common Goldeneye is a medium-sized sea duck that breeds across a large range of boreal forest. They nest in parts of Canada and Scandinavia, and across parts of northern Europe, Russia, and China. These migratory ducks spend the winter across a broad range that extends further south than the breeding area.

Common Goldeneyes are closely related to Barrow's Goldeneyes. Males have a shiny green heads with a circular white cheek patch below the eye; females have brown heads.

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