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A Eurasian common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) with chicks, enjoying a sunny Sunday here in Amsterdam 🙂

In case anyone’s interested: There are some subtle differences in bill pattern, eye color, and shield shape between the American and the Eurasian moorhen. The easiest signs when it comes to identification are that Eurasian adults have mostly yellow lower mandibles, and a large and flat-topped shield is an indication of American.



I haven’t yet found the #1 on my “duck wish list” (yes, I have such a list), but supposedly there are a few Mandarin ducks in The Netherlands so hopefully I’ll be able to post some pictures of those some time in the future… In the meantime, here are some other floating birds in Amsterdam.