Nova Scotia's Species at Risk: Municipal & Community Stewardship

Species at Risk in Nova Scotia

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)




Special Concern



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Quick Facts:
  • Less than 250 individuals winter on the coast of NS
  • This eastern sub-species has declined
  • Little known about it
  • Breeds along rivers in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Threats include: small population size and other factors such as illegal hunting and oil spills

Status Overview:
Less than 250 Harlequin Ducks winter on the coast of Nova Scotia. The eastern sub-species, which occurs here, has declined. Little is known about it other than that it breeds along rivers in Labrador and Newfoundland. This species is at risk because of its small population size and other factors including illegal hunting and oil spills.

Geographic Distribution:
The map shows the municipalities where this species can be found.  For more specific location information please contact us.

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