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Merlin Bird ID

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    Marbled Murrelet Identification

    Adult Description

    Small plump waterbird. Short, pointed bill. Short, pointed tail. Breeding adult sooty brown on upperparts, mottled brown on underparts. Nonbreeding adult with blackish upperparts, white underparts. White extends up sides of head, almost all the way around the nape.

    Immature Description

    Similar to non-breeding adult, but underparts lightly speckled, not clean white.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizebetween robin and crowbetween robin and crow
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 9.4-9.8 in (24-25 cm)
      • Weight: 9.1-12.6 oz (258-357 g)