The Merlin (Falco columbarius) is a small falcon found across most of British Columbia in summer and on the coast and in the Southern Interior year-round. They are dark brown to grey on their back and head. Their chests are lighter and are usually streaky and/or spotted and their tails are often striped.  They mostly eat other birds and are capable of taking down a bird larger than themselves. They are very noisy birds, especially the juveniles, and you will often know one is in the area by hearing their near constant shrieking. They often harass and chase larger raptors, including Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus).


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