Length: 13-21 Weight: 1-1.5 lbs
Male has unmistakably garish black, white, and red plumage, like a court jester. Female has white face and dot behind eye.
Breed along Northwestern North America into Alaska, and in Northeastern Canada. Winter along the northern Pacific Coast, and along the Atlantic coast.
The Harlequin Duck takes its name from its appearance resembling a court jester. Its Latin name “histrio” similarly means “actor.”
Colloquially names for the Harlequin Duck include squeaker and sea mouse come from the rodent-like squeaks made by these ducks when distressed.
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