Tuesday, July 26, 2011

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris Introduced from Europe just before the turn of the century, the adaptable Starling is now ubiquitous; it lives in a wide variety of habitats, from crowded cities to agricultural areas, and has even become somewhat common in parts of the Southwest, where it has only recently arrived. It flies in dense flocks that wheel and turn in unison, and large numbers often gather to form huge roosts.

Identification Short-tailed, chunky. In spring, black with iridescent greenish gloss; bill yellow. Winter plumage heavily flecked with white; bill dark. Immature dusky gray-brown above, paler below.

Voice A wide variety of squeaks, chattering notes, whistles, and clicks; often gives a "wolf-whistle" and mimics other birds as well.

Habitat Cities, parks, orchards, woodlands, and farm areas.

Range Throughout United States and S. Canada.

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

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