The Merlin – Falco columbarius is a small species of Falcon of Type diurnal-raptor in the Family Falconidae and the Order Falconiformes. It is a migratory species found right across the northern hemisphere, it has a Holarctic breeding Range and migrates S to winter in N Africa, Europe, the northern Middle East, SW and SE Asia. In the AWB Region it winters in Turkey, S Caucasus, Iran, Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, the Levant and Cyprus. In Africa it winters in the Nile Delta and the coastal Maghreb states.
Type - diurnal-raptor - Winter Habitat - coastal Mediterranean scrub with scattered trees, avoids bare deserts and dense forests, Passage Habitat - scrub, bushes and trees, more opportunistic choices, generally open country, Species - Falco columbarius Merlin - Species - ebird.org Merlin - Species sheet - wikipedia.org Merlin - Birds - birdwatchireland.ie Merlin - Raptors - scottishraptorstudygroup.org Merlin - Sounds & Maps - xeno-canto.org Additional Material... Merlin - Images - google.com Merlin - Video - youtube.com Merlin - Datazone - birdlife.org