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.


Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Champ des Possibles

    Monday, December 7, 2020

    NIKON Z 6
    70-200mm f/2.8

    Focal Length 200mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1600s
    Aperture f2.8
    ISO 560


Videos are published in Fauna Flora's YouTube channel.

Common Names

Merlin [de]
Merlin Falcon [en]
Esmerejón [es]
Faucon émerillon [fr]


Falco columbarius