About the Smew

The Smew is a species of duck found in northern parts of the Old World. Male Smew ducks have a striking black and white plumage, with fine black lines that look like cracks across parts of the white body, and a black circle over the eyes.

Smews feed on small aquatic animals, like insects and insect larvae, frogs, and fish. They will also feed on vegetation. They forage mainly by diving below the water to catch prey or find food.

Smew are found across a wide range, from northern Europe across much of Russia and into Alaska. Some birds winter further south, in parts of central Europe and central Asia.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 17 November 2021
Scientific Name
Mergellus albellus
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Mergellus
  • M. albellus
Birdorable Family
Units: Imperial / Metric
15 to 17 inches
22 to 27 inches
15.9 to 22.9 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 白秋沙鸭
Czech (Cesky) morčák malý
Danish (Dansk) Lille Skallesluger
Dutch (Nederlands) Nonnetje
Finnish (Suomi) uivelo
French (Français) Harle piette
German (Deutsch) Zwergsäger
Italian (Italiano) Pesciaiola
Japanese (日本語) mikoaisa [ミコアイサ]
Korean (한국어) 흰비오리
Norwegian (Norsk) Lappfiskand
Polish (Polski) bielaczek
Portuguese (Português) Merganso-pequeno
Russian (русский язык) Луток
Spanish (Español) Serreta Chica
Swedish (Svenska) salskrake
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