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Length--17 in.

Weight--1½ lbs.

Glossy slate-blue plumage enlivened by white stripes and spots give the

adult male harlequin a striking appearance. The female resembles a small

female scoter. At a distance, both sexes look black. Flight is swift,

with abrupt turns. Flocks are small and compact. Ranges both coasts,

north from New Jersey and San Francisco. Uncommon.