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Birds of El Paso County

Prairie Merlin


September 12, 2018

Doug Harling

The Merlin is our second largest Falcon in El Paso County. Smallest to largest Falcons you will see in our area are The American Kestrel, Prairie Merlin, Prairie Falcon and the Peregrine Falcon. The Prairie Falcon and the Peregrine Falcon are very similar in size, but the Peregrine Falcon is just a little bit longer. These are the four main Falcons you can see in our area.

American Kestrels and Prairie Merlins are much smaller Falcons and will feed more on bugs and songbirds. Merlins hunt more like the Sharp Shinned Hawk and the Cooper's Hawk. They will fly in fast and catch the prey off...

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