Welsh Harlequin Duck


Anas platyrhynchos

This duck originated from a color sport in the Khaki Campbell breed. It is a light breed layer of white or greenish eggs that was developed in 1949, not surprisingly in Wales.

Interesting Information

  • Welsh Harlequins are good layers (like their forebears), produce a lean carcass, and are good foragers.

  • Welsh Harlequins may be more vulnerable to predators such as birds of prey because of their light coloration.


Adult Description

  • Size: 51-76 cm (20-30 in)

  • Weight: 2-2.25 kg (4.5 - 5lbs)

  • Medium-sized duck.

  • Long, thin neck.

  • Pointed tail, extremely long in males.

  • Male with white chest, white stripe up neck, and dark reddish brown head.

  • Long, narrow wings.

Sex Differences


Females have a greenish black beak, and their plumage is a creamy white color with brown stippling, with brown wings edged with white.


Drakes are similar to a faded Mallard with a yellow beak.




Nests in open country with shallow, seasonal wetlands and low vegetation. Winters in wide variety of shallow inland freshwater and intertidal habitats.


Picks food from surface of ground. Dabbles, filter-feeds at surface of water, tips-up in shallow water.


Grain, seeds, weeds, aquatic insects, crustaceans, and snails.



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
     Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
    Subfamily: Anserinae
Genus: Anas
Species: Anas platyrhynchos
    Subspecies: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus

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