Adult male Common Goldeneye (subspecies B. c. clangula) at Rutland Water, Rutland - April 2013
Local Name (Japan): Hō-jiro-gamo (ホオジロガモ) - "White-cheeked Duck"
Featured Subspecies: Bucephala clangula clangula
UK AMBER LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern
Although some birds do breed in Scotland, this is primarily a Winter migrant to most of Britain. The male is a relatively striking bird with the large white spot between it's beak and eye being the easiest way to identify it. Less prominent is the female, which might require slightly more effort to identify as it lacks high contrast plumage, but has a fairly distinct squashed face for a duck. I found them to be fairly abundant in Hokkaido in particular in Japan, present on the rivers in the Kushiro.
Subspecies: B. c. clangula, B. c. americana
- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Rare breeding species (200 pairs) and widespread Winter visitor (27,000 birds)
JAPAN - Locally common Winter migrant.