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(Falco columbarius)

(Falco columbarius)
By Prairie Boy [CC BY 2.0],
via Wikimedia Commons
Merlin Information

 10 - 14"


In the Northeast, breeds in coniferous forests near open country, along forest edges, and occasionally in urban areas. Winters mainly along the coast.

 Mostly small birds; some small mammals such as mice, squirrels, and bats; large insects, snakes, lizards.
Identification tips for the Merlin
Calls of the Merlin
Range Maps:
(Click map to enlarge.)
Merlin Breeding Map Merlin Winter Map      USGS
Breeding Map          Winter Map (CBC)     
Additional photos and information:

Merlin (Falco columbarius)
Information on the habitat, diet, feeding behavior, nesting, migration and conservation status of this falcon. Includes range map, photos, and the calls of this bird. (From
Audubon Field Guide)

Photo of Male Merlin

From Mike Danzenbaker's Photo Gallery
Female or Immature Merlin
By Cephas [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons



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