Five photos of Harlequin Duck, and how to identify it

In our November/December 2016 issue, we included maps showing where to find Harlequin Duck. The photos and tips in the gallery below will help you identify it.

Harlequin Ducks along the Oregon coast

Harlequin Ducks along the Oregon coast

Harlequin Ducks along the Oregon coast by Gary Miller

There’s no mistaking a male Harlequin viewed from close range. But seen from a distance, as above, the same dark blue and brick-red bird can appear mostly black. When it does, it’s best to concentrate on the duck’s small size and unique shape.

Harlequin Duck is smaller and weighs less than all other sea ducks — Common Eider weighs more than three times as much — and its bill is smaller and stubbier than any scoter’s

See more photos of Harlequin Duck.

Read about Sachuest Point NWR, Rhode Island’s Harlequin hotspot.

Read about Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, New Jersey, Hotspot Near You No. 77.

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