The Male Smew have a white crested head with a black
face and v-shaped black patch beneath the crest. The
back and rump are dark gray to black and the flanks
are vermiculated white and black. The breast is white
with two black stripes extending forward from the
back. The wings are blackish-gray with white wing
patches. The long narrow serrated bill is black and
the legs and feet are grayish.
have a chestnut head with a white cheek patch, chin,
and throat. The breast and flanks are dull gray and
the upperparts are dark gray. The wings are dark gray
with white wing patches. The bill, legs, and feet are
similar to the males.
Average length: 15-17"
Average weight: M 1.63 lbs., F 1.25 lbs.