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Merlin Bird ID

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    Common Poorwill Identification

    Adult Description

    • Medium-sized bird.
    • Large-headed with a tiny bill.
    • Tiny feet (rarely seen).
    • Very well camouflaged, colored in browns, black, and gray.
    • In flight, short rounded wings.
    • Short, rounded tail.
    • White band across throat.

    Immature Description

    Similar to adult.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizebetween robin and crowbetween robin and crow
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 7.5-8.3 in (19-21 cm)
      • Weight: 1.3-1.9 oz (36-55 g)