Photo by Melody

Merlin (Falco columbarius)

Order: Falconiformes
Family: Falconidae
Genus: Falco
Species: columbarius


2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Mims, Florida
Yale, Iowa
Marlton, New Jersey
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Austin, Texas

By pelletory
Thumbnail #1 of Merlin (Falco columbarius) by pelletory

By pelletory

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By kniphofia

Thumbnail #3 of Merlin (Falco columbarius) by kniphofia

By lcory

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Member Notes:

Positive themikesmom On May 15, 2014, themikesmom from Concord, NC wrote:

Wow! neat name for this regal looking bird!

Positive Chillybean On Dec 3, 2014, Chillybean from Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a) wrote:

We saw this bird last month perching near "our" female Kestrel, so we got a good size comparison. The Merlin is the larger of the two. This falcon will prey on small birds and its scientific name gives away what it commonly hunts... Columbidae are doves.

At the time of this last visit, the little birds did not seem bothered by the Merlin. All we could figure is that our regulars are accustomed to the Kestrel which has not persued them, so maybe felt safe with the similar shaped bird. ?? While we watched the Merlin it was not actively hunting and after a short period of time moved on.

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