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Merlin Falcon (Falco columbarius)

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.

How to Identify

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

Where and When to Spot

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

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Common Names

Merlin Falcon

Merlin (de)
Esmerejón (es)
Faucon émerillon (fr)

Taxonomy

Falconiformes
Falconidae
Falco columbarius

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