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Merlin Bird ID

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    Phainopepla Identification

    Adult Description

    • Medium-sized songbird.
    • Tall, wispy crest.
    • Slender, with long tail.
    • Male shiny black.
    • Female all gray.

    Immature Description

    Immature resembles adult female, but more brownish, and with brown eyes.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizebetween sparrow and robinbetween sparrow and robin
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 7.1-8.3 in (18-21 cm)
      • Weight: 0.6-1.0 oz (18-28 g)
      • Wingspan: 11.4 in (29 cm)