Merlin

Falco columbarius

Order

FALCONIFORMES

Family

Caracaras and Falcons (Falconidae)

Code 4

MERL

Code 6

FALCOL

ITIS

HEAD

Merlin Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Hooked
  • Eye Color: Dark brown
  • Head pattern: Streaked, Malar or malar stripe, Eyebrow
  • Crown Color: Blue-gray
  • Forehead Color: White to blue-gray.
  • Nape Color: Blue-gray and buff to orange-brown.
  • Throat Color: Buff to white.
  • Cere color: Yellow

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BODY

Merlin Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 28-33 cm (11-13 in)
  • Weight: 210 g (7.4 oz)
  • Size: Medium (9 - 16 in)
  • Color Primary: Gray, Buff
  • Underparts: White to buff, with brown streaking.
  • Upperparts: Blue-gray
  • Back Pattern: Solid, Scaled or scalloped
  • Belly Pattern: Striped or streaked
  • Breast Pattern: Striped or streaked

FLIGHT

Merlin Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats.
  • Wingspan Range: 58-66 cm (23-26 in)
  • Wing Shape: Pointed-Wings, Long-Wings
  • Tail shape: Squared Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Barred
  • Upper Tail: Blue-gray
  • Under Tail: Gray, with white to buff coverts.
  • Leg Color: Yellow
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