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Merlin Bird ID

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    McCown's Longspur Identification

    Adult Description

    • Medium-sized sparrow-like bird.
    • Short, thick, pointed bill.
    • Tail white with black "T" (black center and tip).
    • Breeding male has black crown and chest, gray belly, and rufous bar in wings.
    • Female and winter male grayish brown with dusky streaks on back and sides.

    Immature Description

    Similar to adult.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizebetween sparrow and robinbetween sparrow and robin
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 5.5-6.3 in (14-16 cm)
      • Weight: 0.9-1.0 oz (25-29 g)