Name: Goldeneye

Scientific name: Bucephala clangula

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 50

What are nature stars?

About: The Goldeneye is a handsome diving duck. Apart from a small breeding population in the highlands of Scotland, most Goldeneye only spend the winter in this country, particularly on larger lakes and reservoirs. Goldeneye never really gather in large numbers

How to identify: The male is a black and white diving duck, with a white spot in front of the eye. Females are grey with a brown head and a yellow eye.

Where: A rare nesting bird in the highlands of Scotland, and an uncommon winter visitor to lakes and reservoirs throughout the country.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 40
  • Agility: 30
  • Rarity: 50
  • Cute factor: 50
  • Traveller: 80

Fantastic fact: The scientific name of the Goldeneye, Bucephala, means 'bull headed' and refers to the strange head shape.

Photograph credit: Neil Philips

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