Harlequin Duck


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Harlequin Duck

 

(Histrionicus histrionicus), a bird of the family Anatidae. Length, approximately 45 cm; weight, 500– g. The bill is short, the tail is pointed and gradated, and there is a large paddle on the hind digit. The plumage is slate black, with a brightly colored head. The harlequin duck is found in the mountains of Asia (Eastern Siberia) and North America (northwest), as well as along the Atlantic coast of North America and the Greenland and Iceland coasts. It nests near mountain rivers, and winters near rocky sea coasts. The clutch contains four to eight eggs. The harlequin duck feeds on crustaceans, mollusks, and aquatic insects. It is of little commercial significance.

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The society has been established by Welsh Harlequin duck breeders located in Wales, who are eager to ensure that this breed will grow in interest across the whole of the UK and beyond, enabling fellow breeders to communicate through the website.
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At last month's Royal Welsh Spring Festival, Builth Wells, S4C's Ffermio presenter Meinir Jones formally launched the Welsh Harlequin Duck Society during the Welsh Federation of Poultry Clubs' spring show.
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He used to breed red squirrels, has successfully bred a son, Patrick, who is making his name as a jockey, and is now attempting to breed harlequin ducks, seemingly because nobody else has yet managed to do it in Britain.