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Merlin Bird ID

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    Adult Description

    • Medium-sized to small gull.
    • Small, unmarked yellow bill.
    • Head and underparts white.
    • Back medium gray.
    • Wingtips black, without white spots, as if dipped in ink.
    • Legs black.

    Immature Description

    Juvenile with white underparts, gray back, gray patches on nape and crown, dark spot at the ears, black collar, black wingtips, and a dark bar across the wing. Wings show a dark "M" pattern in flight. Tail white with a black tip. Legs black.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 15.0-16.1 in (38-41 cm)
      • Weight: 10.8-18.5 oz (305-525 g)
      • Wingspan: 37.0 in (94 cm)