Harlequin duck

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Harlequin Duck
Adult drake
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Merginae
Genus: Histrionicus
Lesson, 1828
Species: H. histrionicus
Binomial name
Histrionicus histrionicus
(Linnaeus, 1758)
  • H. h. pacificus (Brooks, 1915) (disputed)
  • H. h. histrionicus (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Ocyplonessa

The Harlequin Duck is a duck that lives in the sea. The female is plain, but the male has white markings.[1] This is called ruptive coloration and is a subtle form of camouflage. The male can be difficult to see against surfaces that are not a solid color, like water that ripple.

References[change | change source]

  1. Edward S. Brinkley. Creatures of the Air and Sea. Singapore: Sheena Coupe. pp. 19. ISBN 0-7944-0353-0 .