The Barrow’s Goldeneye is a medium-sized duck that mostly resides in the western mountains of North America. It can be described as about 19 inches in height and having a chunky body, large head, and large white patch across the base of its wings. It has a relatively long life span for a duck with a maximum of 18 years of life. There are lots of separated populations of the species but there is little variation between populations. One of the few differences is that female Barrows Goldeneyes in Iceland do not have yellow bills as colorful as those of the North American birds.
The Barrow’s Goldeneye often breeds in forested lakes and rivers and nests in cavities in large trees. The mostly feed on aquatic invertebrates and fish eggs as well as small fish and vegetation. They give underwater to look for their prey. They like lakes that are devoid of fish and heavy vegetation because this allows them to dine on insects without much competition.
In feeding the Barrow’s Goldeneye, one option is to have a bird house or nest box complete with ventilation openings. Remember to place it t least 10 feet above ground for easier visibility and more protection against land mammals. It should also be put in a nearby body of water for drinking and bathing purposes.