COMMON GOLDENEYE Bucephala clangula

There are two Goldeneyes, similar in appearence but readily identifiable given good views. Common is almost circumpolar, breeding near subarctic lakes and pools, and is familiar to UK birders as numbers winter here. There are a few breeding records in Scotland, birds are cavity nesters in trees. Nearctic and Palearctic birds are assigned to two different subspecies, americana being the Nearctic race.

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