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Merlin Bird ID

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    Common Gallinule Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Common Gallinules are medium-sized marsh birds with long legs and toes. In profile, note the small head, thin neck, and small, thin bill. Swimming birds frequently hold their wings up, such that the wingtips stick up on the back.

      Relative Size

      Larger than a Sora, smaller than a Mallard.

      Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized
      Measurements
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 12.6-13.8 in (32-35 cm)
        • Weight: 10.9-16.1 oz (310-456 g)
        • Wingspan: 21.3-24.4 in (54-62 cm)