Merlin (Immature male)
Merlin (Male, UAE)
Recordings 
Scientific Name 
Falco columbarius
Arabic Name 
اليؤيؤ
Kuwaiti name 
شويهين
Family 
Width 
65.0 cm
Length 
30.0 cm
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Least Concern

Information

Rare passage migrant and winter visitor. The region’s smallest falcon often hunts birds up to the size of a pigeon. During migration and winter it will utilize almost any habitat, even hunting shorebirds on mudflats.
Where in Kuwait 
It has been recorded infrequently in a variety of habitats ranging from farmland to desert areas with suitable habitat.
In the world 
This species has an extremely large range predominantly in the northern hemisphere and is an extremely fast and agile hunter of which birds make up most of it's diet.
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting and trapping for falconry.