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Merlin Falcon - Falco columbarius

Small falcon, present in North America and Eurasia, praying mostly on other small birds. It is a migratory species spending winter in the southern North America or Central America.

Common Names

  • Merlin Falcon (en)
  • Esmerejón (es)
  • Faucon émerillon (fr)
  • Merlin (de)


  • Falconiformes
  • Falconidae
  • Falco columbarius

Videos Behavioral Traits

Where & When to Spot

My only observation of this species happened early December within the streets of Montreal, sitting on a tree, eating prey.

How to Identify

Looks very similar to Peregrine Falcon. Distinguished characteristics are the beak proportions, color of breast feathers and eyebrows.


Merlin Falcon

Merlin Falcon

A rare opportunity being able to watch this species eating its catch just outside my apartment.

Champ des Possibles, Montreal - 2020-12-07

NIKON Z 6; NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S; Focal Length 200mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f/2.8; Iso 560;

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