A name for the goosander (Mergus merganser) in immature plumage.
This evidently refers to the goosander, which as he says in another place most answers to the Merganser.
Liguli live some days in the goosander, but they do not maintain their position.
The goosander is an even more handsome bird than the Red-breasted Merganser, and is the largest species in the present sub-family.
Smew, smū, n. a bird of the family Anatid, in the same genus as the goosander and mergansers.
In its habits and in the haunts it frequents, the goosander very closely resembles its smaller ally.
The females and young birds of the goosander and Merganser are popularly called Dun-divers.
The goosander, in our islands, is as yet only known to breed in a few localities in the Highlands.
A brood of the goosander or red merganser, the young not yet able to fly, were the occasion of some spirited rowing.
The habits of the goosander and Merganser are so much alike that further detail is unnecessary.