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Merlin Bird ID

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    Common Gallinule Identification

    Adult Description

    • Dark, with white flank stripe.
    • Red bill and forehead.
    • Swims on surface of water like a duck.
    • Bill triangular like a chicken's, not flat like a duck's.
    • White stripe on sides of undertail.

    Immature Description

    Juvenile brownish-gray with drab maroon bill and no frontal shield.
    Relative Size

    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)