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Merlin Bird ID

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    Virginia Rail Identification

    Adult Description

    • Small, chicken-like marsh bird.
    • Compact body.
    • Short tail.
    • Strong legs.
    • Rufous throat and breast.
    • Gray cheeks.
    • Long, slightly curved red bill.

    Immature Description

    Downy chick black. Juvenile dull blackish brown on upperparts, with some rufous feather edges. Underparts densely marked with dark brown or blackish, face grayish brown, bill and legs dusky brownish.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizebetween robin and crowbetween robin and crow
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 7.9-10.6 in (20-27 cm)
      • Weight: 2.3-3.4 oz (65-95 g)
      • Wingspan: 12.6-15.0 in (32-38 cm)