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Merlin Bird ID

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    Nelson's Sparrow Identification

    Adult Description

    • Small, stocky songbird.
    • Orange-yellow face.
    • Gray ear patch.
    • Smudgy streaks on breast and flanks.
    • Short, rounded tail with pointed tail feathers.

    Immature Description

    Juvenile orangish all over, with a few black streaks on sides of chest.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 4.3-5.1 in (11-13 cm)
      • Weight: 0.7-0.7 oz (19-21 g)
      • Wingspan: 7.9 in (20 cm)