Histrionicus histrionicus


Common Names: Harlequin duck, lords and ladies, painted duck, totem pole duck, rock duck, glacier duck, mountain duck, white-eyed diver, squeaker, blue streak
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Ducks, Geese, & Swans

A small sea duck. Adult males are slate blue with chestnut sides and white markings including a white crescent at the base of the bill. Adult females are less colourful, with brownish-grey plumage and a white patch on the head around the eye. Both adults have a white ear-patch.

Their breeding habitat is cold fast moving streams. They are usually found near pounding surf and white water.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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