Scientific Name: Falco columbarius Common Name: Merlin
Identifying Features: blue-grey back. yellow legs, black claws, silver beak, white-brown underparts
- 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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