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Barrow's Goldeneye


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.


  • Calls
  • Courtesy of Macaulay Library
    © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Silent except in courtship when male gives a soft "ka-KAA," and near nest where female makes soft "cuc" notes. Wings produce a loud whistling in flight.

Search the Macaulay Library online archive for more sounds and videos

Backyard Tips

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