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Smew
Mergellus albellus
Size: 36-44cm
UK Status: scarce to rare winter visitor

 A small, unmistakable white duck with a black face and a v-shaped black patch beneath the crest. The Back, wings and rump are dark grey to black; The breast is white, with two black lines on the sides that extend forward from the back. The hen is slightly smaller than the drake with a chestnut head,a white cheek patch and chin. The rest of the body is grey.
Breeds beside lakes, pools and rivers in forest areas and in winter on larger freshwaters, including reservoirs and gravel-pits, estuaries and sometimes on sheltered seas.

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