English: Merlin, Taiga Merlin,
French: Faucon emerillon
Mongolian: Хайргууна шонхор
Japanese: コチョウゲンボウ (Ko-chogenbo)
Body Length: 24-32 cm
Wing span: 53-73 cm
Breeding Visitor wintering
Breeding season: June-August
Egg number: 2-7
Egg colour: Buff, usually obscured by a heavy
sprinkling of red or borwn.
Brood: 1 per year
Global status: Least concern
Regional status: Least Concern
Food: Small rodents, passerines, lizards,
rarely amphibians and insects.
Habitat: They prefer to nest in abandoned
nests of Black-billed Mapgies, Carrion Crows, Daurian Jackdaws in trees,
occasionally on cliffs and rarely in nests of Eurasian Sparrowhawks in forests,
forest steppe, and river valleys. On migration they occur singly and feed on
small birds and voles in open steppe and in the valleys of lakes and rivers.