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Merlin? Tehran. IR (1 Viewer)

Kestrel for me too, despite trying to make an identification from a very poor photograph.

I have tried to get any more detail out, but not really possible; I think the marked black area is tip of outer tail feather, which is too short for Merlin


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It's clealy not a pallidus Merlin IMO, which Peter suggested earlier to explain away flank and tail pattern since, there are 2 major anomalies which readily exclude that taxon 1) the OP has a distinct (broken) moustachial stripe, absent in pallidus and 2) the underpart streaking is way too strong; reduced to fine shaft streaks particularly across breast in pallidus.

I see no reason why its not a Kestrel, the suggested anomalous head pattern a result of photographic effect.


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