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Common Goldeneye

Bucephala clangula
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Habitat: ponds, lakes and rivers.

Description: Male: Dark green head, round white patches on the cheeks, dark bill, dark back, and white sides and belly. Female: Chocolate brown head, lighter breast and belly, grey-brown back and a dark bill that is tipped in yellow during spring/summer.

Size: 41-51cm long

Diet: Aquatic insect larvae, crustaceans, tubers and some small fish.

Fun Facts: They are often called "whistlers" because the wind whistles through their wings as they fly.

Source: Fisher, C. and J. Acorn. 1998. Birds of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

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Cabbage White
Pieris rapae

Habitat:  One of the most common butterflies, the Cabbage White was accidentally introduced in Quebec back in 1860 and has since spread across the entire country since.  It is found throughout the entirety of Alberta.

Description:  A very plain looking butterfly, it is mostly white with a few dark patches on its upper wing.

Size:  40-50 mm

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