Photo Credits: Flickr User Seabamirum

Photo Credits: Flickr User Seabamirum

Merlin (Falco columbarius)

STATUS: Native, Migratory, Least Concern

DESCRIPTION: They have a wingspan of 20.9-26.8 in. and weigh 5.6-8.5 oz.

HABITAT: Merlins generally live in open areas, but habitat depends on which region of North America they live.

DIET: Their diet consists of smaller birds, insects, and small mammals such as bats and rodents.

NOTES: Merlins sometimes make a call like the American Kestrel’s “klee-klee-klee,” but usually do not make much noise. They are protected on the US Migratory Bird list.