Harlequin Duck

About the Harlequin Duck

Also known as: Painted Duck, Totem Pole Duck, Rock Duck, Sea Mouse, Glacier Duck, Mountain Duck, White-eyed Diver, Squeaker, Blue Streak
The Harlequin Duck is a very beautiful species of sea duck found along coastal waters across North America and eastern Asia. They prefer fast-moving water and breed near fast-flowing streams.

Male Harlequin Ducks have a striking plumage of slate blue, white, and chestnut. They get their name from the colorful masked character Harlequin from an Italian style of improvisational comedy theater.

Harlequin Ducks feed by diving for marine invertebrates, fish, and aquatic insects. They may also feed by dabbling.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 17 December 2015
Scientific Name
Histrionicus histrionicus
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Histrionicus
  • H. histrionicus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 12 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
13 to 21.3 inches
22 to 26 inches
17.6 to 25.6 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 丑鸭
Czech (Cesky) kačka strakatá
Danish (Dansk) Strømand
Dutch (Nederlands) Harlekijneend
Finnish (Suomi) virta-alli
French (Français) Arlequin plongeur
German (Deutsch) Kragenente
Italian (Italiano) Moretta arlecchino
Japanese (日本語) シノリガモ [shinorigamo]
Korean (한국어) 흰줄박이오리
Norwegian (Norsk) Harlekinand
Polish (Polski) kamieniuszka
Portuguese (Português) Pato-arlequim
Russian (русский язык) Каменушка
Spanish (Español) Pato Arlequín
Swedish (Svenska) Strömand
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