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Merlin Bird ID

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    Adult Description

    • Small shorebird.
    • Legs moderately long.
    • Neck short.
    • Back pale tan.
    • Underparts white.
    • Dark patches on sides of neck reaching around onto top of chest.
    • Legs dark.

    Immature Description

    Similar to nonbreeding adult, but with scaly pale edging on back feathers.
    Relative Size

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    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 5.9-6.7 in (15-17 cm)
      • Weight: 1.2-2.0 oz (34-58 g)
      • Wingspan: 13.4 in (34 cm)