Common Goldeneye

Bucephala clangula

(B. c. clangula)

Armenian Name: Սոնաբադ
Common Goldeneye

See Plate 18 for Common Goldeneye and other similar species

Resident Status: Casual
Length:42-50 cm, Wing Span:65-80 cm
Distribution Map: Map 84.
Description: Diving duck with high crown, triangular head, yellow eye, and short bill. Male: black above with white on wings and underparts; glossy greenish head with white spot between base of bill and eye. Female: red-brown head contrasts with brownish-gray body.
Similar Species: Male differs from Tufted Duck and Greater Scaup by white spot on face and white breast. Female differs from female Smew by entirely dark head and stouter bill.
Behavior: Swims buoyantly; dives often. Wings make whistling sound in flight.
Habitat: Lakes.
Food: Aquatic invertebrates.