Dress Your Walls With Marching Harlequins Ducks

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Decorated with an image of Harlequin Ducks (Histrionicus histrionicus) marching down a gravel point along College Fjord in Alaska's Prince William Sound. By Ted Raynor

The harlequin duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) is a small sea duck. It takes its name from Harlequin (French Arlequin, Italian Arlecchino), a colourfully dressed character in Commedia dell'arte. The species name comes from the Latin word "histrio", "actor". In North America it is also known as lords and ladies. Other names include painted duck, totem pole duck, rock duck, glacier duck, mountain duck, white-eyed diver, squeaker and blue streak.

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