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Merlin Bird ID

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    Great Crested Flycatcher Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Great Crested Flycatchers are large flycatchers with fairly long and lean proportions. Like many flycatchers they have a powerful build with broad shoulders and a large head. Despite its name, this bird’s crest is not especially prominent. The bill is fairly wide at the base and straight; the tail is fairly long.

      Relative Size

      Larger than an Eastern Bluebird; smaller than an American Robin.

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      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 6.7-8.3 in (17-21 cm)
        • Weight: 0.9-1.4 oz (27-40 g)
        • Wingspan: 13.4 in (34 cm)