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Merlin Bird ID

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    Adult Description

    • Medium-sized hawk.
    • Narrow, strongly down-curved bill.
    • Broad wings.
    • Short, square tail.
    • White at base of tail.
    • Male all sooty gray.
    • Female striped.

    Immature Description

    Juvenile similar to adult female, but with more scaly markings on back and yellow, not red legs.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizebetween crow and goosebetween crow and goose
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 14.2-15.8 in (36-40 cm)
      • Weight: 12.7-20.1 oz (360-570 g)