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Harlequin Duck

Histrionicus histrionicus


Two breeding males and one that I think is an immature male. Their striking markings are unmistakable. I see these beautiful sea ducks at this location quite often. They have many other common names as well (see the tags on this spotting). They are sexually dimorphic, and females look for nice plumage when selecting a mate.


In the harbor near town. Sea otters, other ducks, and gulls like to hang around this area in the winter months.

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Machi 2 years ago

Zlatan, it is according to Wikipedia! Around here everyone calls them harlequins though. And thanks MnMs!

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 2 years ago

Beautiful, really! Is lords and ladies really another name for this species?

The MnMs
The MnMs 2 years ago

So beautiful!

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Kodiak, Alaska, USA

Spotted on Dec 31, 2017
Submitted on Feb 16, 2018

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