Barrow’s Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica)

Barrow’s goldeneye’s species name literally means bullhead from Iceland. Bucephala is Greek for ‘bull-headed’ and islandica is Latin for ‘of Iceland’.


Barrow's goldeneye breeds along the Pacific coast of Canada, in the northern Labrador as well as in parts of northern Quebec, and Greenland. Winter populations frequent the northeast and northwest coasts of North America.

Breeding occurs in fresh water habitats. For a complete species account, visit the Great Lakes section.