Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Barrow's Goldeneye

The Barrow's Goldeneye (Scientific name - Bucephala islandica) is a medium sized diving duck. It is found primarily in the Western part of North America near the Pacific Coast and breeds as far north as Alaska and the Yukon Territory.  There is a smaller population on the East Coast .

The Barrow's Goldeneye male is predominately black and white with a purple gloss to the head. There is a distinctive bold white facial crescent and white "piano key" marlins on it's sides. The female is duller in colour with a brown head and a brownish grey body.

Male and Female
 Photos taken in January 2014 
at Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C.

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