Merlin (Falco columbarius) preys on flying dragonflies

John M. Cooper

Sirius Environmental Research, 1278 Laurel Road, R.R. 3, Sidney, B.C. V8L 5K8

Abstract: A juvenile Merlin was observed to catch and eat one dragonfly and chase others while on migration. The importance of large insects in the diet of Merlins during migration warrants further investigation.

Key words: Diet, dragonflies, Falco columbarius, Merlin, migration, Vancouver Island

PDFicon Cooper, J.M. 1996. Merlin (Falco columbarius) preys on flying dragonflies. British Columbia Birds 6:15-16.


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