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Thumbnail Filmstrip of The Merlin - by Richard Sale - Hardbound - Color Photos & Maps Images
Book size 6.5" x 9.5", color photos throughout, maps, 304 pages.
New hardcover in dust jacket. First edition. The Merlin is a fascinating small falcon, standing outside the usual grouping of the 'True Falcons', and with a range that is confined to northern climes, an exclusive preference that is shared by only one other, the much larger Gyrfalcon.
This is the first comprehensive book on the species, covering its complete circumpolar range. The book starts with a general comments on the evolution of the True Falcons and thoughts on their grouping, then covers the general characteristics of the Merlin, the species' habitat, its diet, breeding (territory, displays, pair formation, nest sites, eggs, chick growth, nest predation and breeding success), migration and wintering, survival, the Merlin's friend and foes, and estimations of the world population. It also includes data gathered while flying a captive jack Merlin.
This book will interest the falconer or raptor enthusiast who wants to learn more about the natural history and ecology of Merlins around the world. This book does not include any specific falconry training or hunting techniques, but has a lot of information that gives insight into the behavior of this high-powered species of falcon.