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European Starling
Sturnus vulgaris

Starlings, Pipits and Waxwings
Starling Family (Sturnidae)

Size: Length: 19-31.5 cm Wingspan: 39 cm

Description: This common introduced species has become a pest in many locales. An extremely aggressive cavity nester, it has succeeded well in its adopted world. This success has been at the expense of native songbirds which found themselves competing with the starling for nesting cavities. Starlings are a stalky black bird, with strongly iridescent colours. Depending upon the angle of the sunlight, the feathers may have a green, blue or purple sheen. The long beak is yellow. They exhibit some spotting on the back and lower belly. In fall, they trade in their bright plumage for a more subtle speckled brown head and back and a dark throat and underside, speckled with white. They expand their range with civilization, preferring to reside near mankind. Their call is incredibly diverse. They can imitate the calls of many other birds, including robins and flickers. They feed on insects, berries and unattended garbage.

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