Harlequin Duck

Histrionicus histrionicus

The harlequin duck is named for the male’s clown-like plumage during the breeding season. Wintering in choppy coastal waters and breeding in rapid inland rivers, the harlequin duck is a master at navigating in turbulent water. It dives for prey, and is able to pry crustaceans free from the rocks with strong nails on the tip of its bill.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Wings of the World
lengthLength: 1.1 to 1.8 ft
weightWeight: 1.1 to 1.6 lbs
habitatHabitat: Mountain streams and rivers, and coastal waters
dietDiet: Insects, fish, and marine invertebrates