Michael I. Preston
64 Whiteram Hill N.E., Calgary, Alberta TIY 5T2
Abstract: An immature or female Merlin of the “Black” race was observed capturing and consuming a Black-bellied Plover near Ladner, B.C. Apparently a first record for this race, this plover species is an unusually large prey item for the Merlin.
Key words: “Black” Merlin, Black-bellied Plover, British Columbia, Falco columbarius suckleyi, Ladner, Pluvialus squatarola, predator-prey interactions
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