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Merlin Bird ID

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    Brewer's Blackbird Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      A small, fairly long-legged songbird with the well-proportioned look of many blackbirds: the fairly long tail is balanced by a full body, round head, and long, thick-based beak. In perching males, the tail appears widened and rounded toward the tip.

      Relative Size

      About the size of a Red-winged Blackbird.

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      • Male
        • Length: 8.3-9.8 in (21-25 cm)
        • Weight: 2.1-3.0 oz (60-86 g)
        • Wingspan: 14.6 in (37 cm)
      • Female
        • Length: 8.3-8.7 in (20-22 cm)
        • Weight: 1.8-2.4 oz (50-67 g)
        • Wingspan: 14.6 in (37 cm)