Classification Level


Domain: Eukarya

Organisms whose cells possess a true nucleus and membrane bound organelles.

Kingdom: Anamalia

Organisms that are multicellular heterotrophs without cell walls.

Phylum: Chordata

Organisms that at some point in their life possess a notochord, a tubular, dorsal chord, pharyngeal pouches, an endostyle, and a postanal tail.

Subphylum: Vertebrata

Organisms that have a backbone.

Class: Aves

Organisms known as “birds”.  They have feathers, a bill, and a furcula.  They lay amniotic eggs.

Order: Anseriformes

Birds that are geese, ducks, and swans.    They are aquatic and have webbed feet and a broad, flat bill.

Family: Anatidae

Birds that are adapted for swimming, have a hard nail at the tip of their bill, and have a stocky body with short legs.

Subfamily: Anatinae

Birds that are dabbling ducks and feed in shallow water.

Genus: Bucephala

Birds that are buffleheads or goldeneyes.

Species:Bucephala albeola

 Buffleheads ducks.  They are chubby, mostly black and white with a large, puffy head.


*The common name, bufflehead, comes from "buffalo head" because of its appearance of a large head.



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