Animals & Attractions

We are currently home to a pair of smew

Location in the Zoo

They can be found in the the lower duck ponds near the pelicans

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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