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Merlin Bird ID

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    Northern Shrike Identification

    Adult Description

    • Medium-sized songbird.
    • Gray back.
    • Whitish throat and chest.
    • Black mask.
    • Large head.
    • Medium-long tail.
    • Stout bill with hook at end.
    • Wings black with white patch.
    • Tail black with white outer feathers.

    Immature Description

    Similar to adult, but more brownish, with more distinct barring on chest, and less distinct mask.
    Relative Size

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    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 9.1-9.4 in (23-24 cm)
      • Weight: 2.0-2.8 oz (56-79 g)
      • Wingspan: 11.8-13.8 in (30-35 cm)