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Harlequins are the clown ducks of Glacier Park


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One definition of a harlequin is a clown. That's how harlequin ducks got their name. With their bold white and black markings, they look to all the world like they are dressed in a clown costume.

While they may look like clowns, they are anything but. These are some of the most serious-minded creatures in Montana. They are one of the few species of migratory foul that actually migrate in an east-west pattern rather than north and south. While in Montana, they reside near the fastest whitewater they can find and actually fly underneath the water to feed during the summer.

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