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Barrow's Goldeneye Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
 
General Information
- Medium-sized diving duck
- Yellow eye
- Steeply sloped forehead with flatter crown and peak
  at forward part of crown
- Small, stubby bill
- White patches on the secondaries and secondary   coverts visible in flight
- Juvenile similar to adult female but usually with darker
  bill

Adult male alternate
- Alternate plumage worn from fall through early
  summer
- Glossy purplish head
- Crescent-shaped white patch between eye and bill
- White neck, breast and belly
- Dark back
- Black scapulars with row of rectangular white spots
- Dark tail, upper- and under-tail coverts
- White patch on wing split by black bar

Adult male basic
- Eclipse-plumage male like adult female but with
  darker bill and sometimes darker head

Adult female

- Usually has an all-yellow bill
- White patch on wing split by two black bars
- Reddish-brown head
- Gray body plumage, paler on the breast and darker
  on the back
 
 
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