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European Starling - juvenile

Sturnus vulgaris

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

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
RyanWarner 8 years ago
European Starling
Sturnus vulgaris Common Starling


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7 Comments

Yasser
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
andrew.pitek 8 years ago

Sitting on a honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos)! :D

RyanWarner
RyanWarner 8 years ago

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

RyanWarner
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
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) ??

Yasser
Spotted by
Yasser

NYC, New York, USA

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

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