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 Duck Pair

Harlequin Duck Pair

Harlequin Ducks at Barnegat Light, New Jersey, Hotspot Near You No. 77, by Charles Wen

What’s more, the patterns created by a Harlequin’s white feathers are unique: On males, a small white dot and a large white crescent mark the face, and white stripes bordered with black outline the chest. On females, look for three blurry white spots on the face: a dot behind the eye, a tiny smudge in front of the eye, and a smear below it.

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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