Adult Male Harlequin Duck (subspecies H. h. pacificus) at Shiranuka, Hokkaido, Japan - December 2014
Local Name (Japan): Shinori-gamo (シノリガモ) - "Morning Wildduck"
Featured Subspecies: Histrionicus histrionicus pacificus
OTHER NAMES: Lords and Ladies, Painted Duck, Totem Pole Duck, Rock Duck, Glacier Duck, Mountain Duck, White-eyed Diver, Squeaker, Blue Streak
The Harlequin is a very endearing little Seaduck found in Arctic, Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans. The male is a very colourful and attractive bird while, as with most ducks, the female is a bit drabber. In Europe they only live in Iceland, but are a common visitor to harbours in Winter in Hokkaido - Shiranuka harbour had a good number of them present, and were reasonably confiding as ducks go.
Subspecies: histrionicus, pacificus
- Sighting Locations -
JAPAN - Scarce but locally common Winter visitor.
- TOKYO/HOKKAIDO 2014 TRIP: Around fifteen seen in harbour at Shiranuka in early December.
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List