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Merlin Bird ID

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    Common Pauraque Identification

    Adult Description

    • Medium-sized to large nocturnal bird.
    • Large-headed with a tiny bill. Tiny feet (rarely seen).
    • Very well camouflaged, colored in browns, black, and gray.
    • In flight, long, rounded wings with light bar near tip.
    • Long, rounded tail.

    Immature Description

    Similar to adult, but plumage generally more blurred.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizebetween robin and crowbetween robin and crow
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 11.0-11.8 in (28-30 cm)
      • Weight: 1.9 oz (53 g)