Comparing Female American Kestrel and Merlin

Female American KestrelMerlin
2 vertical black markings
on each side of face
light forehead
Photo by Pat Fisher
Photo by Pat Fisher
malar mark
dark forehead
ocelli spots (fake eyes )
surrounded by tawny nape
Photo by Jean Chamberlain
(photo of back of
head needed)
dark nape
no ocelli spots
rufous tail with
many black bands
Photo by Jean Chamberlain
(photo of female
tail needed)
dark tail
with 3 or 4 tawny bands
pinkish mouth (photo of inside
mouth needed)
Photo by Marge Gibson
bluish mouth
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