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Merlin Bird ID

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    Adult Description

    • Medium-sized shorebird.
    • Short, thick yellow legs.
    • Moderately long, straight bill.
    • Gray all over.
    • Belly white.
    • Short white eyestripe.
    • Constantly bobs its tail and rear end up and down as it walks.
    • Entire underside heavily barred in breeding plumage.
    • Plain gray wings and tail.

    Immature Description

    Similar to nonbreeding adult, but gray breast and flanks faintly smudged and barred, and back feathers with some whitish tips.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizebetween robin and crowbetween robin and crow
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 10.2-11.8 in (26-30 cm)
      • Weight: 2.1-6.0 oz (60-169 g)
      • Wingspan: 19.7-21.6 in (50-55 cm)