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Mergellus albellus


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).


Spotted at Woodland Park Zoo.

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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 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 2 years ago

Thanks for commenting Sukanya. New for me as well.

SukanyaDatta 2 years ago

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

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Seattle, Washington, USA

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


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