Merlin

Small but mighty falcon. Dark above and paler below, with streaking on the underparts; darkness of plumage varies geographically. They feed mainly on birds captured in flight and are found in a variety of habitats from grasslands, open forests, and especially coastal areas with shorebirds. Some favorite snacks are warblers and sandpipers.  They will almost always attack with the sun at their back for maximum surprise.

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