Smew

Mergellus albellus

The smew, or white merganser, is adapted for chasing and catching fast-swimming fish. Slender and streamlined, the smew makes shallow dives in pursuit of prey. Tooth-like serrations on its bill are made for grasping a slippery, struggling fish.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Wings of the World
lengthLength: 14 to 16 in
weightWeight: Up to 1.5 lb
habitatHabitat: Flooded woodlands, lakes, ponds, rivers, and bays
dietDiet: Fish, frogs, crustaceans, insects, and insect larvae