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Merlin Bird ID

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    Dunlin Identification

    Adult Description

    Medium-sized sandpiper. Moderately short neck. Moderately long, drooping bill. Moderately long, blackish legs. Slightly hunched appearance. In breeding plumage has black belly, rufous cap, and rufous back. Nonbreeding plumage is all dull brownish gray, with whitish belly.

    Immature Description

    Juvenile has reddish back with more scaly edges to back feathers, and brownish black splotches on belly.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 6.3-8.7 in (16-22 cm)
      • Weight: 1.7-2.3 oz (48-64 g)
      • Wingspan: 14.2-15.0 in (36-38 cm)