Bucephala clangula


42cm to 50cm


65cm to 89cm


650g to 1.2kg


About the Goldeneye

Goldeneye have distinct golden eyes - this is the same for both male and females. They are a medium-sized duck, with males being black and white with a greenish head. Females are slightly smaller and have a chocolate brown head and grey bodies.

Goldeneyes first nested in 1970 in Scotland, and have since nested in specially designed boxes up trees that are close to water. Birds from Northern Europe visit the UK during winter months.

What does a Goldeneye eat?

Their diets mainly consist of small fish and plants, insect larvae and mussels.

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