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Merlin Bird ID

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    Chestnut-collared Longspur Identification

    Adult Description

    • Medium-sized sparrow-like bird.
    • Short, thick, pointed bill.
    • Tail white with black triangle in center.
    • Breeding male has black crown, chest, and belly, and deep chestnut nape.
    • Female and winter male grayish buff, with dusky streaks on back and sides.

    Immature Description

    Immature similar to female.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizebetween sparrow and robinbetween sparrow and robin
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 5.1-6.7 in (13-17 cm)
      • Weight: 0.6-0.8 oz (18-23 g)