The Welsh Harlequin is a fairly new breed, developed by Leslie Bonnett in Wales from two off-colored Khaki Campbell ducklings in 1949.
They came to the United States in 1968 and were accepted into the American Poultry Association in 2001 in the Light Duck class.
They are becoming a very popular breed due to their multipurpose characteristics. They are calm, inquisitive and excellent foragers.
They seem to be the calmest bird on our farm.
They can also make an outstanding dressed bird as their under-feathers are almost exclusively white making their carcass as pretty as a pure white bird.
Interestingly, they can be sexed after hatching with 90% accuracy by their bill color.
Darker bills mean a male and lighter bills ending in a dark spot are normally females. Within several days this distinction disappears.
They are also a beautiful bird, especially the feather patterns and colors on the adult females.
There are two variations of Welsh Harlequins: Silver and Gold. Ours are the more common Silver variety.