Animals & Attractions

We are currently home to six smew. Two are currently off show while the other four can be seen on display.

Location in the Zoo

They can be found in the enclosure between the big cats and the gelada baboons. For part of the year they share this enclosure with our breeding Northern rockhopper penguins.

In the Wild

Smew (Mergus albellus) are small diving ducks that are normally found in Scandinavia, Russia and Holland. They are migratory birds and some will spend the winter months in the South of the England. 

The male is mainly white with a black mask on its face and a black back, the female is grey with a reddish-brown head and white cheeks. Their diet is made up of fish, insect larvae and insects. However little is known about this bird on its breeding grounds.

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