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Merlin Bird ID

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    Adult Description

    • Stocky, medium-sized, short-legged shorebird.
    • Short, dark bill fairly thick with a slight upturn to the lower mandible.
    • Legs usually dark, but occasionally dark red or pinkish.
    • Bold wing pattern visible in flight, produced by white feathers at the base of the leading edge of the wing, a white wing stripe, and a white lower back.
    • White tail with black terminal band.

    Immature Description

    Resembles winter adult, but slightly more brownish overall with buffy fringes on feathers of body and tail tipped with brown rather than white.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 8.7-9.8 in (22-25 cm)
      • Weight: 3.5-6.0 oz (100-170 g)