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European Starling - juvenile

Sturnus vulgaris


This was a brown colored bird with a slightly lighter chest coloration. It had a long pointy dark beak. Through the help of the community, we were able to ID these as juvenile starlings and the tree they are sitting on as honeylocust.


In the first photo you can see both birds. I thought they might be a mating pair. I saw these birds about a block away from Central Park, NYC.


I see a lot of birds in NYC, but I don't see these too often. I'd love to know what they are. Could it be a thrush? Thanks to Ryan and others for help with the bird ID and thanks to Andrew for the plant ID!

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RyanWarner 8 years ago
European Starling
Sturnus vulgaris Common Starling

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Yasser 8 years ago

Ryan, you are 100% right. That is exactly the bird I saw. I've seen so many adult starlings, but not that many juveniles. Thanks to you and everyone else for the help! Oh, and Andrew, thanks for the plant ID! :)

andrew.pitek 8 years ago

Sitting on a honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos)! :D

RyanWarner 8 years ago

Disregard all, that is a juvenile European Starling! 100% sure of it.

RyanWarner 8 years ago

the more I look at the photos the more I think they are Eastern Phoebe's.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

I agree on Thrasher but not fully keen on the pewee ID. Beak looks shorter on those and the pewee posture looks generally more squat or compact ... but I don't know US/NY birds at all.... (notice there's a shy one pic#1 lower left showing beak proportions))

RyanWarner 8 years ago

I don't think it's a Brown Thrasher, I would expect it to show streaking on the chest and a longer mandible to.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Might be a Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) ??

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NYC, New York, USA

Spotted on Jul 30, 2012
Submitted on Jul 30, 2012

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