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Description:

Unknown animal bones found while walking

1 Species ID Suggestions

Merlin
Falco columbarius Flickr


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7 Comments

lizardking
lizardking a year ago

There's also an "Identifying Animals Through Osteology" mission this pelvis would be right at home in

lizardking
lizardking a year ago

Thank you so much for the new pictures! You're definitely right about it being a merlin, falcons have much thicker pelvises in shape than accipitriformes, which tend to be a bit curvier than this. The last picture was also extremely helpful, the vertebra arrangement is a much better match for falcons than hawks. The merlin pelvis in the link I gave measures at right about 3.5 cm from the ventral (top) veiw and 4 cm from the lateral (side) veiw, which seems to be a fit your pelvis. Merlins also seem to have a bit curvier of an ischial angle than other falcons like the kestrel, so that's one thing that threw me off but confirms it's a merlin. Really neat find you have, it's such a beautiful little bone.

Nice finding, Ernle. By the way, I moved your spotting from Mammals to Birds. You can also add it to the "Signs of wildlife" mission.

Ernle
Ernle a year ago

Thanks for your comments, surprisingly we still have . So have updated the photos showing the size , personal I think it looks like your picture of the merlin

We are really happy you have help us solved our little mystery

lizardking
lizardking a year ago

The ischial angle (The very back of the pelvis after the holes, resting on your finger in the first photo) turns slightly down as seen in accipitriformes, and the vertebra match accipitriformes better than falcon. I'm leaning on male sparrowhawk, but need more references pic. And if you still have it and could upload more images, perhaps some taken from above of the top, bottom and side, it would be very helpful. Even better if you could have an exact measurement with a ruler

Hello Ernle and Welcome to the Project Noah community!
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Ernle
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Ernle

England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Mar 10, 2019
Submitted on Mar 10, 2019

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