Common Goldeneye x Hooded Merganser hybrid

Common Goldeneye x Hooded Merganser (hybrid)

Bucephala clangula x Lophodytes cucullatus

Status: Rare casual spring migrant and winter visitor.

Spring:  There are three records of males.

6 Mar 2021 Gavin’s Point Dam area, Cedar Co (Strand, E. Brogie,

8 Mar 2014, Branched Oak Lake, Lancaster Co

15-19 Mar 1997, Cunningham Lake, Douglas Co (Jorgensen 1997)

Winter: There are three records.

16 Nov 2014 Holmes Lake, Lancaster Co (Leger,

28 Jan 1994, Lake Ogallala, Keith Co

19 Jan 2004, Lake Ogallala, Keith Co (Iliff,

Comments: Although there are numerous reports across North America, the Nebraska records are among fewer than ten on the Great Plains (, accessed Feb 2021).


Photograph (top) and video (below) of a Common Goldeneye x Hooded Merganser (hybrid) at Holmes Lake, Lancaster Co 16 Nov 2014 by Dan Leger.

Literature Cited

Jorgensen J.G. 1997. Two hybrid diving ducks at Cunningham Lake, Douglas County. NBR 65: 135-136.

Recommended Citation

Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen.  2021.  Common Goldeneye x Hooded Merganser (hybrid) (Bucephala clangula x Lophodytes cucullatus). In Birds of Nebraska — Online.

Updated 28 May 2021