Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Because of the loud whistling sound which these birds produce when flying, they have earned the nickname the whistler.


The common goldeneye breeds throughout all but the extreme north of Canada, and in Alaska. During the winter, it occurs on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America, and along the entire Mississippi River system, as well as the northern Great Lakes.

Breeding occurs in freshwater environments. For a complete species account, visit the Great Lakes section