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 December 2018)
LC
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
13 to 21.3 inches
22 to 26 inches
17.6 to 25.6 ounces

Range

International Names

Chinese 丑鸭
Czech kačka strakatá
Danish Strømand
Dutch Harlekijneend
Finnish virta-alli
French Arlequin plongeur
German Kragenente
Italian Moretta arlecchino
Japanese シノリガモ [shinorigamo]
Korean 흰줄박이오리
Norwegian Harlekinand
Polish kamieniuszka
Portuguese Pato-arlequim
Russian Каменушка
Spanish Pato Arlequín
Swedish Strömand
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