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Merlin Bird ID

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    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      This tiny bird has a short neck and large head, giving it a distinctive, rather spherical body shape. It also has a long, narrow tail and a short bill a bit thicker than a warbler’s but thinner than a finch’s.

      Relative Size

      Smaller than a sparrow

      Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 4.7-5.9 in (12-15 cm)
        • Weight: 0.3-0.5 oz (9-14 g)
        • Wingspan: 6.3-8.3 in (16-21 cm)