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Spotted this (taiga) Merlin yesterday afternoon in NW Missouri.  Despite the blue sky background, the sun had gone behind a cloud resulting in underexposed pics.  Even after brightening up in post processing, I'm not certain if the upper wing and tail feathers are slate gray or dark brown.  Are those the only distinguishing features between a male and female Taiga Merlin?

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3 hours ago, smittyone@cox.net said:

Are those the only distinguishing features between a male and female Taiga Merlin?

I checked the guides that I have and not much else mentioned, too lazy to go beyond that. I agree with Seanbirds that the upper parts appear more brown than blue (although I am not renowned for my colour differentiation), so female for me too.

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