Sturnus vulgaris


Common Names: Common starling, European starling
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Starlings


It is native to most of temperate Europe and western Asia and was introduced to North America and other countries worldwide. It is 19-23 cm long, with a wingspan of 31-44 cm and a weight of 2-3.6 oz. The plumage is shiny black, glossed purple or green, and spangled with white, particularly strongly so in winter. Adult male European Starlings are less spotted below than adult females. The throat feathers are long and loose, and used as a signal in display. Juveniles are grey-brown, and by their first winter resemble adults though often retain some brown juvenile feathering especially on the head in the early part of the winter. The legs are stout, pinkish-red. The bill is narrow conical with a sharp tip; in summer, it is yellow in females, and yellow with a blue-grey base in males, while in winter and in juveniles, it is black in both sexes.

Starlings prefer urban or suburban areas where artificial structures and trees provide adequate nesting and roosting sites. They also commonly reside in grassy areas where foraging is easy, such as farmland, grazing pastures, playing fields, golf courses, and airfields.

Edible Notes: Yes, starlings are edible - they are the most likely blackbird baked in a pie in the old rhyme.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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