The Canadian Peregrine Foundation

March 2002 -- This juvenile Merlin was photographed in a Toronto backyard.  Without anything of known size to use for scale, it could easily be mistaken for a juvenile Peregrine at first.  A small, but significant, detail is that the tip of the wing ends a couple of centimetres above the tip of the tail - characteristic of Merlins, and distinct from Peregrines, in which the tips are practically aligned, especially in juveniles.

(Photo by Michael Freeman)

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