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Merlin Falco columbarius   - Female/immature
Photographer : © Prasad Ganpule
Location :Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India
Date : 6 January 2013
English synonyms:East Siberian Merlin (insignis), East Siberian Pigeon Hawk (pacificus), Middle Asian Merlin (lymani), Middle Asian Pigeon Hawk (insignis), Pacific Ocean Merlin (pacificus), Pigeon Hawk, Stone Falcon, Steppe Merlin (pallidus)
Bird Family :Falconidae - Falcons, Falconets & Kestrels
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :Though the male Merlin is frequently seen in LRK, reports of females / juveniles are quite rare. It is possible that this may have been overlooked. So it was a pleasant surprise to see and photograph this. - PG