Harlequin duck, Identification and Call


The harlequin duck

The Harlequin is a small sea duck. It takes its name from Harlequin.(French Arlequin, Italian Arlecchino), a colorfully dressed character in Commedia dell’arte. The species name comes from the Latin word “histrio”, “actor”. In North America, it is also known as lords and ladies. Other names include painted duck, totem pole duck, rock duck, glacier duck, mountain duck, white-eyed diver, squeaker and blue streak.


A bird of fast-moving water, this Harlequin breeds on fast-flowing streams and winters along rocky coastlines in the crashing surf.

Adult Description:

The harlequin duck is a small or Medium size Diving sea duck, Male dark slate-blue with reddish brown sides and odd white patches and spots White patch in front of eyes. Round white ear spot and Female dusky brown with two or three round white spots on head.

The harlequin duck Call


Male harlequin duck


Eggs Of harlequin duck


Credit:”Histrionicus histrionicus MWNH 1024″ by Klaus Rassinger und Gerhard Cammerer, Museum Wiesbaden – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.