Despite their coloration varying geographically, Merlins are generally dark and streaky. Adult males are slaty gray to dark gray, and females and immatures are browner.
In the Americas, the species breeds in Alaska, Canada, and the northernmost of the lower 48 states. It winters throughout the western, southern, and eastern states, in the Caribbean, and from Mexico to South America. The Merlin is also widespread in the Eastern Hemisphere.
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