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Merlin Bird ID

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    Short-billed Dowitcher Identification

    Adult Description

    • A medium-sized shorebird with a bill twice as long as its head.
    • Moderately long, pale legs.

    Immature Description

    Juvenal plumage with buffy chest and flanks, less spotting and barring than breeding adults. Back feathers dark centered with broad buffy edges, giving a slightly scaly appearance. Tertials dark with orange pattern inside ("tiger-striped").
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 9.8-11.4 in (25-29 cm)
      • Weight: 3.2-4.2 oz (90-120 g)