5 Interesting Facts About Smews


This is a male smew swimming peacefully


Today I want to write about a duck that has beautiful colours called the smew.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These beautiful ducks measure about 44 cm long.  The males are very distinctive with their black and white markings, whilst the females are much duller.
  2. Smews are excellent divers and use their sharp beaks to catch fish.
  3. At breeding time, smews lay 6-9 eggs in a tree hollow.  The female incubates the eggs.
  4. After breeding, the adults moult their feathers and are unable to fly until just before time to migrate.
  5. Smews have a very wide range and migrate every year.  They breed in the evergreen forests of northern Europe and Asia.  They then migrate south to spend the winter in sheltered coasts and inland lakes from Central and Southern Europe, Northern Africa, Southern Russia, China, Japan and Korea.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about smews?

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