Goldeneye

Bucephala clangula

A medium sized diving duck. Males look black and white with a greenish black head and a circular white patch in front of the yellow eye.

Females are smaller, and are mottled grey with a chocolate brown head. In flight, birds show a large area of white on the inner wing. First nested in Scotland in 1970, and since then birds have been attracted to nest in specially designed boxes put up on trees close to water. In winter, birds from Northern Europe visit the UK.emale is greyhen, the male being a blackcock.

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When to see

They can be seen all year round although in different areas.

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Where to see

They can be seen on rivers, longs and calm coastal areas during the winter. The breeding season, there are only a small number that can be found in the Highlands.

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Did you know?

The whistling sound made during courtship can be heard upto 1km away. Their courtship ritual involves a dance with their heads back and forth.

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When to see

They can be seen all year round although in different areas.

Map Icon Blue
Where to see

They can be seen on rivers, longs and calm coastal areas during the winter. The breeding season, there are only a small number that can be found in the Highlands.

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Did you know?

The whistling sound made during courtship can be heard upto 1km away. Their courtship ritual involves a dance with their heads back and forth.

Binoculars Icon Blue
When to see

They can be seen all year round although in different areas.

Map Icon Blue
Where to see

They can be seen on rivers, longs and calm coastal areas during the winter. The breeding season, there are only a small number that can be found in the Highlands.

Book Icon Blue
Did you know?

The whistling sound made during courtship can be heard upto 1km away. Their courtship ritual involves a dance with their heads back and forth.