Bucephala clangula

Common Names: Common goldeneye
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Ducks, Geese, & Swans

Adult males ranges from 18 to 20 inches, females 16 to 20 inches. The species is named for its golden-yellow eye. Adult males have a dark head with a greenish gloss and a circular white patch below the eye, a dark back and a white neck and belly. Adult females have a brown head and a mostly grey body. Their legs and feet are orange-yellow.

They are found in the lakes and rivers of boreal forests and coastal waters across Canada and the northern United States.

The common goldeneye is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility however it is known that they have been historically hunted.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.