About the Merlin

What is a Merlin?

Merlin Facts

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What is a Merlin?

Merlin (male)
Picture © Kevin T.¬†Karlson

A merlin, as depicted in our Merlin Open Systems logo, is a bird of prey. In fact, the merlin is the smallest bird of prey in the United Kingdom. It is a threatened species and is on the Amber list even though its population is recovering from a decline during the 20th century.



Merlin (female)
Picture from the
Hawk Conservancy

Merlin feed on a range of small birds by flying at high speed very close to the ground, and make full use of their acrobatic agility to keep to the contours of the land. They nest in open hilly, mountain or moorland regions in an old stick nest in a tree, or on a cliff face, or in deep beds of heather such as the heather moorlands of the Peak District in England.


Merlin Facts

Family: Falcon (Falconidae)
Species: Falco columbarius
Size: 25-30cm (10-12")
Males smaller than females
Wing span: 55-60cm (22-24")
Colour: Males: blue-grey above, rust colour below
Females: brownish above
Song: High loud cackle, also klee-klee-klee
Eggs: 5 or 6 buff eggs, stippled with purple and brown

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