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Smew Mergellus albellus   - Female/1st winter
Photographer : © Maitreyee Das
Location :Teesta Barrage, Gajoldoba, Jalpaiguri District, West Bengal, India
Date : 28 January 2017
English synonyms:Smee, White Nun
Bird Family :Anatini - Typical Ducks
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :With female Tufted Ducks Aythya fuligula on the left.

Since I had seen a Smew accompanying a flock of female Tufted Ducks in a similar fashion long back in January 2011 at the same location, I wonder whether this Smew is the same bird always following the same flock of Tufted Ducks while migrating instead of mixing with its own species of duck! - MD

Taxonomic Notes :Monotypic.
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