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Merlin Bird ID

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    Surfbird Identification

    Adult Description

    • Stocky, medium-sized shorebird.
    • Short, stout bill, pale at base.
    • Legs yellow.
    • White tail tipped with broad black band.
    • White stripe out wing.
    • Rusty on back and breast spotted in breeding plumage.
    • All gray in nonbreeding plumage.

    Immature Description

    Resembles nonbreeding adult, but head streaked, breast finely barred, and with pale edges on back feathers.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 9.4-10.2 in (24-26 cm)
      • Weight: 4.7-8.1 oz (133-230 g)