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Merlin (Falco columbarius)
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Merlin (Falco columbarius)

General Description: Merlins (Falco columbarius) are little falcons of the open sky that hunt other birds and sometimes bats. Merlins are less well marked than our other falcons, but they are slate gray above with a dark crown and faint mustache marks. The belly is light with heavy dark streaks, as one might expect for a juvenile hawk. The tail is banded. Falcons are recognized from other birds of prey by the long, narrow, pointed wings.

Taxonomy: Falconiformes, Falconidae, Falconinae

Favored Habitat: Northern forest and open prairie with open areas with places to perch during summer; wide variety of habitats during winter.

Merlin (Falco columbarius)

Where to Find: Merlins are very uncommon around Las Vegas, but keep an eye out during winter.

Comments: Nests in trees using the old nest of other birds, also urban buildings.

Merlin (Falco columbarius) If you were a tasty little bird like a dark-eye junco or a horned lark, this might be the last face you ever see!
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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