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Merlin Bird ID

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    Adult Description

    • Small waterbird.
    • Stocky and without apparent neck.
    • Black-and-white.
    • Short, stubby bill.
    • In breeding plumage, entirely black back, head, and chest; white belly.
    • In nonbreeding plumage, black back, cap, and face; white throat and underside, with dark neckband.

    Immature Description

    Similar to nonbreeding adult, but slightly browner.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizebetween robin and crowbetween robin and crow
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 7.5-9.1 in (19-23 cm)
      • Weight: 4.7-7.2 oz (134-204 g)
      • Wingspan: 15.0 in (38 cm)