IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern
A medium-sized black-and-white diving duck, the Barrow's Goldeneye was originally described from a population living in Iceland. It is, however, primarily a duck of the western mountains of North America.
Breeding (Alternate) Plumage: Head purplish-black. Bright crescent-shaped white patch on side of face at base of bill, thin at top, rounded at bottom. Sides, breast, belly, and secondaries bright white. Back, wings, and tail black. Black of back reaching onto shoulder. Series of white squares along sides above wings. Short, triangular black bill. Eyes golden yellow. Nonbreeding (Basic) Plumage: like female, but with some black tinge at sides.
Consider putting up a nest box to attract a breeding pair. Make sure you put it up well before breeding season. Attach a guard to keep predators from raiding eggs and young. Find out more about nest boxes on our Attract Birds pages. You'll find plans for building a nest box of the appropriate size on our All About Birdhouses site.