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Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula

Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula

Aves > Anseriformes > Anatidae

Names in different Languages

EnglishCommon Goldeneye
FrenchGarrot à œil d'or
SpanishPorrón osculado


A medium sized, migratory duck which can be seen around Montreal during the winter months in open water. Common Goldeneye dive for food. They build their nest in tree cavities.

How to Identify

I look at the color pattern of male, greenish black head with a white spot near the beak, and female, brown head, and the characteristic yellow ring around the eye to identify this bird.

Where When to Spot

I see them in small flocks in Rapids Park Lachine in the river during winter months only.



2019-04-14Parc de la Frayère
2019-03-16Parc des Rapides
2019-03-16Parc de la Frayère
2018-02-18Parc des Rapides
2017-03-05Parc des Rapides
2016-02-01Parc des Rapides