Smew | Mergus albellus

Distribution area
North Eurasia

Living space
Coniferous forest zone of North Eurasia with the wide pine and larch stands at the water-rich lowlands of the Taiga

Way of living
In small groups, often together with the Golden Eyes (Bucephala clangula)

Food
Small fish, water insects, smallest creatures

Propagation
Call and pairing time during their spring flight to the brood waters, laying of eggs in wood-pecker holes, 6-9 crème-coloured eggs, brood period: 30 days

Body size
Weight: female: 550 g, male: 700 g

Protection status
Protected in the context of guide-lines for bird protection

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