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Merlin Bird ID

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    Yellow Rail Identification

    Adult Description

    Small marshbird. Difficult to see; runs under vegetation. Short yellow or blackish bill. Very short tail. Buffy yellow chest and face. Yellowish and black streaks on back. Crown dark. Dark stripe through eyes. Indistinct white patch at back of wings.

    Immature Description

    Similar to adult, but darker and more spotted.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 5.1-7.1 in (13-18 cm)
      • Weight: 1.4-2.4 oz (41-68 g)
      • Wingspan: 11.0-12.6 in (28-32 cm)