Smew: Small merganser with mostly white body except for black back, mask, breast bar, and V-shaped nape patch. Wings are dark with large white patches. Female is pale gray with white throat and face that contrast sharply with dark brown crown and black mask.
Range and Habitat
Smew: Eurasian species, rare fall and winter visitor in western Aleutians; casual on Pribilofs; accidental in many regions of the U.S., including Washington, Oregon, California, along the Mississippi River, the Great Lakes region, and Massachusetts. Preferred habitats include lakes, bays, and rivers.
Breeding and Nesting
Smew: Six to nine creamy white eggs are laid in a tree hole lined with down, usually close to the ground, and near water. Eggs are incubated for 26 days by the female.
Foraging and Feeding
Smew: Feeds on aquatic insects and small fish; forages by diving from the surface, swimming underwater to pursue prey.
Smew: Gives a sharp "krrr" note.
Smew: Steller’s Eider has brown breast and belly.