Merlin

Ancient Murrelet Identification

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Adult Description

Small plump waterbird. Black face and crown. Gray upperparts. White sides of neck, throat, and underparts. Short, pale yellow bill.

Immature Description

Resembles nonbreeding adult, with little or no white feathers around crown, and a darker bill.
Relative Size

Relative Sizebetween robin and crowbetween robin and crow
Measurements
  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 7.9-9.4 in (20-24 cm)
    • Weight: 5.4-8.8 oz (153-250 g)
    • Wingspan: 17.7-18.1 in (45-46 cm)