Scientific Name: Falco columbarius
Common Name: Merlin

Identifying Features: blue-grey back. yellow legs, black claws, silver beak, white-brown underparts

Fun Facts:

  • They prefer a mix of low and medium-height vegetation with some trees, and avoid dense forests as well as treeless arid regions. During migration however, they will utilize almost any habitat.
  • In medieval Europe, merlins were popular in falconry: the Book of St. Albans listed it as “the falcon for a lady”.


This image was clicked by Jo Angell – via Flickr.

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