Living Bird Magazine
Harlequin DuckHistrionicus histrionicus
- ORDER: Anseriformes
- FAMILY: Anatidae
A bird of fast-moving water, the Harlequin Duck breeds on fast-flowing streams and winters along rocky coastlines in the crashing surf.More ID Info
- Pato Arlequín (Spanish)
- Arlequin plongeur (French)
- Cool Facts
- More than half of eastern North American population of Harlequin Ducks winters in coastal Maine, particularly outer reaches of Penobscot and Jericho bays.
- When engaged in behavioral interactions, the Harlequin Duck gives distinctly unducklike squeaks, the source of one of its local names: sea mouse.
- The oldest recorded Harlequin Duck was a male, and at least 20 years, 9 months old when he was seen in the wild in British Columbia in 2014 and identified by his band. He had been banded in Alberta in 1995.