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Smew

Mergellus albellus

A small merganser of northern Europe and Asia. A few turn up during migration and winter in the western Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Very rare elsewhere in Alaska. There are scattered records of birds wintering along the Pacific Coast south to California, and in the northeast; some of these may have been escapes from captivity.
Family Ducks and Geese
A small merganser of northern Europe and Asia. A few turn up during migration and winter in the western Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Very rare elsewhere in Alaska. There are scattered records of birds wintering along the Pacific Coast south to California, and in the northeast; some of these may have been escapes from captivity.
Photo Gallery
  • adult male, breeding
  • adult female
  • immature male



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Songs and Calls
Generally silent.
Audio © Lang Elliott, Bob McGuire, Kevin Colver, Martyn Stewart and others.
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