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Goldeneye duck on new stamp

July 13, 2013
By GARRY BRANDENBURG , Times-Republican

The COMMON GOLDENEYE, (Bucephala clangula americana), is named for the yellow iris of its eye, a very distinctive detail of identification. Males of this species also have a small white circular patch below the eye on their cheek. A dark green head full of feathers gives way to a body that is mostly white. Just like their name implies, this bird is common, a species of least concern according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. They range across the entire lower 48 states each winter and use the full breath of Alaska and all of Canada for summer breeding territory. Canadian boreal forests, especially with lakes or deep marshes, have substantial invertebrate populations.

 
 
 

 

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