Three Harlequin Ducks at Patterson Lake
Harlequins (Histrionicus histrionicus) at Patterson Lake Photo credit: Janet Bauer

Feeding Habits: They feed on a wide variety of aquatic insects.

Unique Features: One of the most spectacular species of waterfowl in North America, harlequins have a unique life history that includes overwintering in coastal tidal zones and breeding in high-gradient inland streams.

Cultural Significance: In the Salish language, šx̌átx̌at means duck. Colville tribal members gathered duck eggs as part of their diet.