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Merlin Falcon Falco columbarius

Merlin Falcon Falco columbarius

Aves > Falconiformes > Falconidae

Small falcon, present in North America and Eurasia, praying mostly on other small birds. It is a migratory species spending winter in the southern North America or Central America.

Looks very similar to Peregrine Falcon. Distinguished characteristics are the beak proportions, color of breast feathers and eyebrows.

My only observation of this species happened early December within the streets of Montreal, sitting on a tree, eating prey.

Champ des Possibles, Montreal2020-12-07