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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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Cervus elaphus
Golden brown coat in the summer, that gets longer and greyer in the winter. The head, neck and legs are dark brown.  Male's antlers begin to grow in its second year.
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