Species Details

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Smew Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Mergellus albellus
Family : Anatidae
Order : Anseriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Haors
Description : The Smew is a small duck with a square head (adult bird length approximately 46 cm, weight 680 g, wing 19 cm, bill 3 cm, tarsus 3 cm, tail 7.5 cm). It inhabits the haors, open beels, rivers and lakes. It is usually seen in small groups. It forages by diving under water. It feeds mainly on fish, crustaceans, molluscs, aquatic insects and their larvae, worms and vegetable matter.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:Dr Md Shahanshah Bappy,Bangladesh;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Lars Edenius(www.xeno-canto.org/Lars Edenius), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.