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Duck  Smew

Smew (male) - Photo  Copyright 2003 Elliott Neep
Photo: Elliott Neep

UK Safari Tip:
Get help identifying wetland birds with the beautifully illustrated fold out ID chart in the Nature shop - click here

Latin name: Mergus albellus

Size: Approximately 40cms.

Distribution: Found in the south and east of England.

Months seen: November to April. They spend the rest of the year in Russia and northern Scandinavia.

Food: Eats mostly small fish.

Habitat: Lakes, rivers and freshwater estuaries.

Special features: The female looks very different from the male. She has a reddish-brown head and a more grey coloured body. Both the male and female have a serrated edge to their bills, which helps them to grip small fish.

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