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Merlin

Falco columbarius

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Small and fierce falcon. Feeds mainly on birds captured in flight. Inhabits variety of habitats from grasslands, open forests, and especially coastal areas with shorebirds. In flight, note pointed wings and quick wingbeats. Powerful in flight with continuous wingbeats. Darkness of plumage varies geographically.

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