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    Barrow's Goldeneye

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    Barrow's Goldeneye

    Bucephala islandica
    • ORDER: Anseriformes
    • FAMILY: Anatidae
    Basic Description

    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.

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    Other Names
    • Pato Islándico (Spanish)
    • Garrot d'Islande (French)

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