Common moorhen


If you see a black water bird on Tapijn with a funny white butt, then it’s a common moorhen Moorhens are often confused with coots (see “read more” for the differences), because they both have a predominantly black plumage. Moorhens are more finely built and a striking difference is the colour of the beak and blaze. The moorhen has a red blaze and red beak with a yellow tip, while the coot has a white blaze and white beak.


Relationship with humans

Why we do what we do

The number of breeding and wintering birds in the Netherlands is gradually decreasing. The cause of this is not yet known. In urban areas, the moorhen seems to be doing a little better than outside. The moorhen, originally living in marshes, may find a relatively safe living environment in urban areas with water features and riparian vegetation.