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Merlin Bird ID

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    Adult Description

    • Small marshbird.
    • Difficult to see; runs under vegetation.
    • Blackish.
    • Black bill.

    Immature Description

    Similar to adult, but duller and with less distinct spotting and streaking.
    Relative Size

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    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 3.9-5.9 in (10-15 cm)
      • Weight: 1.0 oz (29 g)
      • Wingspan: 8.7-11.0 in (22-28 cm)