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March 2002 -- Another view of the juvenile Merlin.  From this angle the head can be seen a bit more clearly.  The malar stripes are very thin, as is typically the case on Merlins.  Occasionally juvenile peregrines (especially those of the tundrius subspecies will have narrow malar stripes too, but typically they are wider and more prominent. 

(Photo by Michael Freeman)

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