French: Garrot à oeil d’or German: Schellente Spanish: Porrón osculado
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Subspecies and Distribution
B. c. clangula
(Linnaeus, 1758) – breeds in Scandinavia and C Europe, and E through Russia and N Mongolia to N China and Kamchatka; winters in Britain, C & SE Europe and C Asia to E China, Korea, Japan and Kamchatka.
B. c. americana
(Bonaparte, 1838) – breeds from Alaska E to Newfoundland; winters from Aleutian Is and Newfoundland S throughout North America to C Baja California, Durango and Tamaulipas, in Mexico.
42–50 cm (male americana 45–51 cm, female 40–50 cm); male 888–1406 g, female 500–1133 g; wingspan 65–80 cm. Compact appearance... read more
Largely silent, but male vocalizes during courtship—a faint “peent”, louder “zeee-ZEEE” and... read more
Breeds on freshwater lakes, pools and rivers (including fast-flowing watercourses), typically... read more
Food and feeding
Chiefly aquatic invertebrates (molluscs, crustaceans, worms, insects and larvae), amphibians, small fish (including salmon) and their spawn... read more
Starts Apr/May in Europe, sometimes when brood-rearing wetlands are still frozen, e.g. Apr in Germany, mid May in Scandinavia and W Russia... read more
Migratory, generally moving short to medium distances, with some birds migrating only as far as... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally considered stable. North American spring population clearly exceeds 1,000,000–1,500,000 birds; winter counts in W... read more
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