-Falco columbarius-

Small, dark, compact falcon. The merlin is powerful and very aggressive for its size. Wings are short and pointed. Lacks the bold mustache mark of other falcons. Feeds on birds and insects caught mid-air. Present in our area October through April. Found along river bottoms, oak
woodlands and prairies.

Length: 10"
Wing span: 24"
Weight: 6.5 oz