Smew

Smew Distribution & Description

Other Names: none

Distribution: Lakes and rivers throughout Scandinavia and Russia; western populations winter in Europe while eastern populations winter in East Asia.

Description:

Size: 38-44 cm in length.

Plumage: Males have a white breast and throat separated by a thin black ring, a white face with black eye rings, and white wing tops with a white nape, giving them a distinctive panda-like appearance. The tail and flight feathers are mottled gray.

Females and immature birds are gray with a black nape and a dark chestnut crest and face. Both sexes have a hooked gray beak.

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Smew

Smew

Bill Shape
spatulate
Regions
alaska
alberta
british columbia
california
minnesota
missouri
new york
ontario
oregon
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
washington
wisconsin
Tail Shape
pointed-tail
Wing Shape
tapered-wings
Habitat
lakes rivers ponds
Forests
Color
white
Body Shape
duck
Size
medium
Order
ducks, geese and swans - anatidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species