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Smew

Mergellus albellus

Description:

A small merganser of northern Europe and Asia. The male is mostly white with black markings. The bill is hook tipped and serrated for catching fish. The smew is 38–44 cm (15–17 in) long. Females generally resemble female Goldeneyes, but they are more slender and have white colouring on their necks extending onto their cheeks forming a sharp boundary with their reddish brown caps (pics 3-5).

Habitat:

Spotted at Woodland Park Zoo.

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14 Comments

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 3 months ago

My Booby pics are not Noah quality - barely ebird. She is hanging on a channel marker except to fly. Even the local big guns with huge barrel lenses aren't getting anything great. She's fun to watch hunt, though!

Brian38
Brian38 3 months ago

A friend of mine goes fishing off the coast and sees them as well other strange birds and the giant sunfish. I hope you get a pic of the Brown Booby.

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 3 months ago

I would love to see one. Maybe we'll get lucky and get a rogue here - currently enjoying a Brown Booby hanging out in our bay, so I suppose anything could happen

Brian38
Brian38 3 months ago

Thank you, Karen. It's a fascinating duck - and is the only living member of the genus Mergellus. So not a true merganser but related.

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 3 months ago

Looks like someone took a fine-line sharpie to him. What a cool find!

Brian38
Brian38 3 months ago

Thank you for your kind comments Hema, Mark Ridgway, Dawn Lopez-Garanzuay and mauna Kunzah.

Hema
Hema 3 months ago

very beautiful and unique!!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Smew !? Never heard of those but the male is sure a handsome dude.

That was an interesting find!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 2 years ago

NP, Brian. The female is cute too.

Brian38
Brian38 2 years ago

Thanks for commenting Mauna. They where interesting to watch - even in their captive environment. I added pictures of the female.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 2 years ago

I like its name and hairstyle.

Brian38
Brian38 2 years ago

Thanks for commenting Sukanya. New for me as well.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 2 years ago

Very distinctive colouration...never knew...thanks, Brian.

Brian38
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Brian38

Seattle, Washington, United States

Spotted on Mar 23, 2019
Submitted on Mar 27, 2019

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