Harlequin Duck

Other Names:  painted duck, totem pole duck, rock duck, glacier duck, mountain duck, white-eyed diver, squeaker, blue streak.

Distribution: arctic tundras worldwide in summer; northern Atlantic and Pacific coasts in winter.

Harlequin Duck distribution range map

Description:

Size: 38-45 cm in lenght with a 63-70 cm wingspan.

Plumage:  Males are blue-gray overall, with chestnut flanks and distinctive white patches on the head and body. Some may be lighter matte gray on the breast and upper flanks. Females are dusky brown overall with two or three whitish patches on the sides of the face. The bill is bluish-gray and the eyes are black.

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Harlequin Duck

Harlequin Duck

Bill Shape
spatulate
long billed
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
aleutians
arizona
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
greenland
hawaii
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
michigan
minnesota
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
pointed-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Action
flying
walking
Behavior
flocks
soaring
Markings
crown
plain
Sounds
harsh call
Location
high flying
low flying
ground dwelling
north in summer
south in summer
Habitat
coasts
lakes rivers ponds
fields
Marshes
Color
sheen
gray
red
Body Shape
necklong
duck
Size
large
Order
ducks, geese and swans - anatidae
ducks, geese and swans - anseriformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species