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Merlin Bird ID

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    Black Skimmer Identification

    Adult Description

    • Medium-sized to large waterbird.
    • Long red and black bill; lower half longest.
    • Black back and cap.
    • Underparts white.
    • Very short red legs.
    • Long, pointd wings.

    Immature Description

    Similar to adult, but with mottled black-and-white back and head.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 15.8-19.7 in (40-50 cm)
      • Weight: 7.5-15.8 oz (212-447 g)