SMEW
(Mergellus Albellus)
Shelduck                  Snow Goose


Tundra Zone - Slimbridge
The Smew can be found in the Tundra Zone, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)
Siberia
Breeding Habitat - Siberia
Scandinavia, Russia and Siberia to Kamchatka.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Winters in South-east England, Southern Sweden, Central Europe, Baltic Sea and the Black Sea, China, Korea and Japan.

Conservation Status


Size
380mm to 440mm (15" to 17")

Appearance - Drake
The male has White plumage, a Black eye patch down the the dark Grey bill, a White crest with Black at the base. The back rump and wings have Grey/Black markings and the sides are light Grey with dark vermiculations. The legs and feet are Grey.

Appearance - Duck
The female has a Chestnut Brown upper head and rear neck with a White lower head and throat and Grey bill. The upper-parts and sides are a medium mottled Grey with a White belly. The legs and feet are Grey.

Habitat
Lakes, Ponds and Coastal Areas.

Diet
Fish, Insect Larvae, Molluscs, and Crustaceans.

Breeding Time
April to May.

Nest
The nest is built in tree hollows lined with feathers and down.

Eggs
Quantity: 6 to 9.
Average Size: 53mm x 38mm.
Colour: Creamy Buff.

Slimbridge Wildfowl S - Z
Shelduck (Tadorna Tadorna)
Smew (Mergellus Albellus)
Snow Goose (Anser or Chen Caerulescens)
South African Shelduck (Tadorna Cana)
Southern Pochard (Netta Erythrophthalma)
Southern Screamer (Chauna Torquata)
Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus Gambensis)
Swan Goose (Anser Cygnoides)
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus Buccinator)
Tufted Duck (Aythya Fuligula)
Wandering Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Arcuata)
West Indian Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Arborea)
White-Cheeked Pintail (Anas Bahamensis)
White-faced Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Viduata)
White-fronted Goose (Anser Albifrons)
White-headed Duck (Oxyura Leucocephala)
Whooper Swan (Cygnus Cygnus)
Yellow-Billed Duck (Anas Undulata)
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SMEW
Shelduck                  Snow Goose
Smew
©Nigel Key Smew (Slimbridge May 2012)

The Smew is the only member of the Mergellus genus and is a sea duck.

The Smew has a saw bill which it uses to mainly eat fish. The Smew is related to the Merganser and the Goldeneye.

Although the Smew population is decreasing, it is currenly classed as Least Concern. The Smew is one of the ducks to which the Agreement on the Consevation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds applies.
   Hear the Smew's Call:-


Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
Smew (Slimbridge May 2014) Smew (Slimbridge April 2015) Smew (Slimbridge April 2015)
17/05/14
09/04/15
09/04/15
Smew (Slimbridge March 2014) Smew (Slimbridge March 2014) Smew (Slimbridge May 2014)
16/03/14
16/03/14
17/05/14
Smew (Slimbridge September 2013) Smew (Slimbridge September 2013) Smew (Slimbridge July 2013)
06/07/13
04/09/13
04/09/13
Smew (Slimbridge May 2012) Smew (Slimbridge May 2012) Smew (Slimbridge May 2012)
26/05/12
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Smew (Slimbridge June 2009) Smew (Slimbridge April 2011) Smew (Slimbridge April 2011)
03/06/09
09/04/11
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Related Links: -
W.W.T. Official Website - www.wwt.org.uk/
Merganser - www.slim-bridge.co.uk
Goldeneye - www.slim-bridge.co.uk