11 thoughts on “Friday mystery object #352

  1. The familiy this bird belongs to is what Dutch sailors in the past called “Biesensteert”. However, the species is more tricky. The bill is yellow, but in old mounts a red bill is often faded to yellow so that is not reliable. The amount of black spots on the crown indicate it is a sub-adult. Red-billed with so much spots should have a darker bill, and red-billed should have an eye-stripe which continues behind the eye. Therefore I think it is a subadult White-tailed “Biesensteert”

  2. Could this bird be a national symbol and beloved harbinger of spring in Bermuda? I’m stumped by the blue eyes, I must admit – but wonder if it wasn’t a fantasy by the taxidermist?

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