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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)
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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)

General Description: Harlequin Ducks (Histrionicus histrionicus) are sexually dimorphic sea ducks. Both genders generally are black with white marks. The head is round, the forehead is steep, and the bill is short. Males are marked with white spots and bars, and rusty red on the sides. Females are dark overall, with a bit of dark rusty red on the sides, and distinctive spots on the side of the head. In both cases, they are best described with pictures.

Taxonomy: Anseriformes, Anatidae, Anatinae

Favored Habitat: Coastal areas from rocky shorelines to quiet bays during winter, and swift rivers and streams during the breeding season.

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)

Where to Find: Don't look for Harlequin Ducks around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them off both northern coasts of North America. During the breeding season, look for Harlequins in the northern Rocky Mountains from Wyoming and Idaho north to Alaska or in northeastern Canada.

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) If you were a tasty snail or a little clam, this might be the last face you ever see!
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)
Harlequin Duck male
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)
Harlequin Duck male
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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)
Harlequin Duck male and female
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)
Harlequin Duck male and female
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)
Harlequin Duck female
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)
Harlequin Duck male in flight
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)
Harlequin Duck male and female, plus a Surf Scoter male
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)
Harlequin Duck male and female

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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