The Welsh Harlequin Duck is a recent breed of domestic duck native to Wales. Today, the Welsh Harlequin is a breed of light duck known for its lively plumage and egg-laying ability. Over the years, the breed's color and make-up have changed, indicating that new blood from another breed has likely been introduced.
In 1949, at Criccieth, Group Captain Leslie Bonnet discovered a color mutation among his herd of Khaki Campbells and began selectively breeding for this trait. In 1968, the hatching eggs were exported to the United States, followed by the importation of live birds in 1981.
History and Origin of the Welsh Harlequin Duck
It was in 1949 that Captain Leslie Bonnet (1902-1985) discovered on his farm in Criccieth (on the shores of Cardigan Bay) a color change in his flock of kh...