Goldeneye (duck)

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Goldeneyes
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Subfamily:Merginae
Genus:Bucephala
S.F. Baird, 1858
Species

Bucephala albeola
Bucephala clangula
Bucephala islandica

Synonyms

Charitonetta
and see text

 
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Goldeneyes
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Subfamily:Merginae
Genus:Bucephala
S.F. Baird, 1858
Species

Bucephala albeola
Bucephala clangula
Bucephala islandica

Synonyms

Charitonetta
and see text

Goldeneye and Whistler, are common names for a species of small tree-hole nesting northern hemisphere seaducks belonging to the genus Bucephala. The plumage is black and white. Goldeneyes eat fish, crustaceans and other marine life. The "Whistler" name comes from the noise their beating wings make in flight.[1]

The Bufflehead was formerly separated in its own genus Charitonetta, while the goldeneyes proper were mistakenly placed in Clangula (as Clangula americana), the genus of the Long-tailed Duck which at that time was placed in Harelda.[2]

The three living species are

Known fossil taxa are:

References

Media related to Bucephala at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ a b Peterson, Roger Tory - A Field Guide to the Birds of Texas: And Adjacent States. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jun 12, 1998
  2. ^ Report of the National conference on utilization of forest products, New national museum, Washington, D. C., November 19 and 20, 1924. Issue 13. US Govt. print. off., 1925


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