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1 December 2008 Presence of a Harlequin Duck Drake During Brood Rearing in Northern Labrador
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Female Harlequin Ducks (Histrionicus histrionicus) incubate eggs and rear broods, while males normally depart the breeding grounds at the onset of incubation. On 27 July 2000, a male Harlequin Duck was observed in association with a female and brood of five ducklings on the Ikadlivik River in northern Labrador. The male maintained some distance (∼100 m) from the female and brood; however, upon appearance of a researcher, the group amalgamated and the male appeared to influence the behavior of the female and brood. Possible explanations for early male departure and this exception are discussed.

Joel P. Heath "Presence of a Harlequin Duck Drake During Brood Rearing in Northern Labrador," Waterbirds 31(sp2), 81-83, (1 December 2008). https://doi.org/10.1675/1524-4695-31.sp2.81
Published: 1 December 2008
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