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Merlin Bird ID

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    Black-tailed Gnatcatcher Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      A tiny, slim songbird with a thin, straight bill, small body, and long tail.

      Relative Size

      Larger than a Costa’s Hummingbird; smaller than a Black-throated Sparrow.

      Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 4.3-5.1 in (11-13 cm)
        • Weight: 0.2-0.2 oz (5.1-6 g)
        • Wingspan: 5.5-5.9 in (14-15 cm)