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European or common starling

Sturnus vulgaris


A ubiquitous at times, gregarious, noisy, aggressive introduced and now common species in North America and elsewhere.


Spotted in a residential backyard of Springfield, Missouri, in close proximity to a bird feeder.


As part of a misguided plan to introduce all of the bird species mentioned in Shakespeare's plays to the US, Eugene Schieffelin released 80 starlings in Central Park, New York in 1890. And if you are familiar with this species, all the rest is history, as they say.

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Scott Frazier
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Scott Frazier

Missouri, USA

Spotted on Feb 18, 2015
Submitted on Apr 6, 2015

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