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Bucephala clangula

Hanim Kamgituu - Bucephala clangula

Hanim kamgituu hanim saa amaku{, agiichigaan hanis kda}ilakan agungis hanis ilan uku}aza{, ala}u{ ila{taa tana{taa}utaza{. Hanim kamgitugan ali}ii sam quhmagan sugdanana{ liidaa aza{. Hachii qaxchikdal kamgii chid}aayul, kamgii angunana{ liidaa}utaku{ maalal hanim kamgituu hiila{taza{. Hanim kamgitungis kitakix chumnugim qaxchikdana{ liidaa angali{tazas.

Hanim kamgitugan ayagaa quuhmliix angali{tana{ liidaku{, quhma{ ila{taa aa}utaza{, hingamataku{ kamgii chumnugim qaxchikdagan i}duxtana{ liidaa angali{taza{.

Sam i{atungis azas, hagumatakus ay{aasi{ umang tunuku{ tutal agudix igazas, hagumatakus maalal ahmi}angis axsxangis

kayu}nanaa{tazas. Iga{tal agudix izanaza}ulas, quhmana} liidakus slachxiza{ malgal aguun, igasingis hmigala}na{ liida{ agu{tazas. Udang alanazana}ulas aku}aan, wayaam Ilisnazalakas.

Udang al qanaxs aqadagudix, qanikinga masxal aguun chugaanul aqadagudix ilan saahmla}izamchix ilan saahmla}il aqadagudix, saaqudikinga udaa}aa}utazas.

 

Common Goldeneye - Bucephala clangula

The common goldeneye is a freshwater duck. Whenever there is no ice on the lakes, they are seen there. They also spend their time in saltwater. The drake is a fancy looking white duck. Its back is black. It has a green head. Its head looks very large and that is why the Aleuts call it the lake's big head. Its feet are yellowish black.

The hen is grayish. Its bottom side is white, and its head is brownish.

The goldeneyes are easily scared away. All it takes to set them off flying is the noise of a running motor. That is why they are hard to hunt.

They are identifiable easily when in flight in good weather. When they are in flight, they look whitish and their wing beats can be heard whistling over head. They used to be plentiful around here, but nowadays that is not the case.

The goldeneyes spend their winters here, and come springtime, they go north to their nesting grounds. After laying their eggs, they return again in the fall.

Qigu{ - Gavia immer
Common Loon
Qaqa}i{ - Gavia stellata
Red-throated Loon
Aagayuu}i{ - Phalacrocorax pelagicus
Pelagic Cormorant
Ingatu{ - Phalacrocorax urile
Red-faced Cormorant
Qukin}i{ - Olor columbianus
Whistling Swan
Qagmangi{ - Philacte canagica
Emperor Goose
Aa}i{ - Anas platyrhynchos
Mallard
Amtatu{ - Anas acuta
Pintail
Qii{chiida{ - Anas crecca
Green-winged Teal
Kuchutu{ - Aythya affinis
Lesser Scaup
Saaku{ - Somateria spectabilis
King Eider
Kasami{ - Somateria mollissima
Common Eider
Tamgaalu{ - Melanitta deglandi
White-winged Scoter
Qugaangi{ - Melanitta nigra
Black Scoter
Hanim Kamgituu - Bucephala clangula
Common Goldeneye
Midimit{i{ - Becephala albeola
Bufflehead
Aanglaa}i{ - Clangula hyemalis
Oldsquaw
Kaaxadgi{ - Histrionicus histrionicus
Harlequin Duck
A}laaya{ - Mergus serrator
Red-breasted Merganser
Ti}la{ - Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Bald Eagle
A}diikas - Lagopus mutus
Rock Ptarmigan
Hiigi{ - Haematopus bachmani
Black Oystercatcher
Chulixta{ - Calidris ptilocnemis
Rock Sandpiper
Sluka{ - Larus glaucescens
Glaucous-wing Gull
Tiigilgaada{ - Rissa tridactyla
Black-legged Kittiwake
Ulungt{a{ - Uria aalge
Common Murre
Siihmlu{ - Cepphus columba
Pigeon Guillemot
Qizangi{ - Synthliboramphus antiguus
Ancient Murrelet
Qagida{ - Fratercula corniculata
Horned Puffin
Uxchu{ - Lunta cirrhata
Tufted Puffin
Tutuutu{ - Nyctea scandiaca
Snowy Owl
Qanglaa}i{ - Corvus corax
Common Raven
Maadugaa{ - Plectrophenax nivalis
Snow Bunting
Chaanu{ - Leucosticte tephrocotis
Gray-crowned Rosy Finch
Chiixuyaaka{ - Melospiza melodia
Song Sparrow
Chilu{ - Calcarius lapponicus
Alaska Longspur
Qatxaya{ - Troglodytes troglodytes
Winter Wren

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