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Merlin Bird ID

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    American Golden-Plover Identification

    Adult Description

    • Medium-sized to large shorebird.
    • Legs moderately long.
    • Neck short.
    • Bill short.
    • Head large and rounded.
    • Golden and black speckled back.
    • In breeding plumage, black from face to under tail.

    Immature Description

    Juvenile similar to winter adult, but with light barring on chest, sides, and flanks, and more distinct yellow edges and spots on feathers of crown, back, and wings.
    Relative Size

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    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 9.4-11.0 in (24-28 cm)
      • Weight: 4.3-6.8 oz (122-194 g)
      • Wingspan: 22.4 in (57 cm)