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Point Pelee National Park of Canada

Birds of Point Pelee National Park

Image of: Goldeneye, Common
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Goldeneye, Common
-Bucephala clangula (Linnaeus)

Adult male: head and upper neck black with green and purple reflections and large round white spot behind base of bill. Back, rump and upper tail coverts black. Tail dark grey. Inner scapulars black, the outer ones with with black edges. Middle and greater wing coverts and most of secondaries, white. Lesser coverts near bend of wing, black. Primaries and wing linings blackish brown. Lower neck, breast and sides, white. Flanks white with black feather edges. Eye yellow. Bill blackish. Legs adn feet yellow or orange with dusky webs. Adult female: head brown. Neck with white collar imcomplete behind. Back, scapulars and upper tail coverts bluish grey, feathers edged with pale grey. Rump blackish. Upper tail coverts dark brown, tipped with grey. Tail greyish brown. White of wing less extensive than in male. Speculum white, crossed by a dark bar. Upper breast grey with white feather tips. belly white. Sides and flanks grey, feather tips whitish. Under tail coverts white mixed with dark grey. Eye pale yellow. Feet yellowish or orange. Bill dusky with yellowish band near tip.