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    Common Goldeneye Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Common Goldeneyes are medium sized ducks with large heads. The bill is fairly small and narrow. It slopes smoothly downward from the face, giving the head an overall triangular shape. Goldeneyes are diving ducks with streamlined bodies and short tails.

      Relative Size

      Larger than a Green-winged Teal; smaller than a Common Merganser

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      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 15.8-20.1 in (40-51 cm)
        • Weight: 21.2-45.9 oz (600-1300 g)
        • Wingspan: 30.3-32.7 in (77-83 cm)