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Merlin Bird ID

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    Adult Description

    • Medium-sized songbird.
    • Medium-long tail.
    • Bill pointed.
    • Male entirely shiny black.
    • Female dull gray-brown.

    Male Description

    Entirely glossy blue-black or purplish black. Wings and tail glossy greenish blue.

    Female Description

    Dull grayish brown above, paler below. Bill blackish gray. Eyes dark. Legs blackish.

    Immature Description

    Similar to female, but with faint streaks on chest.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 7.1 in (18 cm)
      • Weight: 1.1-1.4 oz (31-40 g)