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Merlin Bird ID

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    • Size & Shape

      These are small, compact ducks with stout, scoop-shaped bills, and long, stiff tails they often hold cocked upward. They have slightly peaked heads and fairly short, thick necks.

      Relative Size

      Smaller than a Common Goldeneye; larger than a Bufflehead.

      Relative Sizebetween robin and crowbetween robin and crow
      Measurements
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 13.8-16.9 in (35-43 cm)
        • Weight: 10.6-30.0 oz (300-850 g)
        • Wingspan: 22.1-24.4 in (56-62 cm)