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1. Either of two diving ducks (Bucephala clangula or B. islandica) of northern regions, having a short black bill, a rounded head, and yellow eyes.
2. Any of various lacewings of the family Chrysopidae having yellow or copper-colored eyes.

[From their golden-yellow eyes.]


n, pl -eyes or -eye
1. (Animals) either of two black-and-white diving ducks, Bucephala clangula or B. islandica, of northern regions
2. (Animals) any lacewing of the family Chrysopidae that has a greenish body and eyes of a metallic lustre


(ˈgoʊl dənˌaɪ)

n., pl. -eyes, (esp. collectively) -eye.
either of two yellow-eyed diving ducks, Bucephala clangula of Eurasia and North America or B. islandica of North America.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.goldeneye - a variety of green lacewinggoldeneye - a variety of green lacewing    
chrysopid, green lacewing, stink fly - pale green unpleasant-smelling lacewing fly having carnivorous larvae
2.goldeneye - large-headed swift-flying diving duck of Arctic regions
duck - small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
Bucephala, genus Bucephala - buffleheads and goldeneyes
Barrow's goldeneye, Bucephala islandica - North American goldeneye diving duck
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Settlement into breeding habitats by Barrow's Goldeneyes Bucephala islandica: evidence for temporary oversaturation of preferred habitat.
Competition between freshwater fish and goldeneyes Bucephala clangula (L.
Large clutches are likely caused by nest parasitism, which is frequent in goldeneyes, and often results in nest desertion (Eriksson and Anderson 1982, Eadie and Fryxell 1992).
Nest parasitism in goldeneyes (Bucephala clangula): some evolutionary aspects.
A possible mechanism for this difference is the source of egg nutrients: because Buffleheads have a smaller body size, they rely more on exogenous nutrients, whereas the larger Barrow's Goldeneyes can rely more on endogenous nutrients (Thompson 1996, Hobson et al.
Our results show that larger eggs of Buffleheads and Barrow's Goldeneyes contain more nutrients than smaller eggs, which may increase the survival of their hatchlings during the 1st crucial week of life.
Long after the mallards and wigeon and gadwalls have tucked their little feathered butts between wimpy little legs and hightailed south, the goldeneyes are still around, bobbing out there among the ice flows, having a grand old time of it.
Common Goldeneyes and Hooded Mergansers commonly breed on ponds and lakes of the boreal forest.
But this one was different - turning up after a series of protracted northerly winds, and showing off to any female common goldeneyes within view on a remote estuary, its credentials as a wild bird look a bit better.
GOLDENEYES have arrived on deep lakes and reservoirs to spend the winter months diving for shellfish.
It turned out they had accomplished their goals as both birds were goldeneyes.
The drake Goldeneye is strikingly beautiful with black and white plumage, a green glossy head and a prominent large white patch in front of each eye.