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European Starlings

Sturnus vulgaris


8 inches long (20.32 cm). Short-tailed stocky songbird. Winter feathers. Black body speckled overall with white and gold. Iridescent blue, green and purple on breast and head. Yellow and black bill. Usually forages on ground for insects, spiders, seeds, berries, and even snails and small salamanders. Very sharp talons. Also known as Common Starlings. Very noisy.


Bird feeder and back deck near woodlands.


There were about 100 in the woods and they were crazy over the bird feeder. I don't see them often, but usually after a snowstorm. See video to see them fighting over the seeds. (Click on main photo to see talons)

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Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

Carol, would you consider adding this to the backyard birds of northeastern usa mission?
thank you!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

Beautiful Carol!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 7 years ago

They are like thieves. They come so quickly at the bird feeder and then they are gone. They are always fighting with each other. Hilarious! Winter feathers are my favorite. Thanks everyone!

KarenL 7 years ago

Lovely series Carol! I know they are considered a pest but I have a soft spot for starlings - they are such characters!

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 7 years ago

I never realised you got starlings out as far as Pennsylvania, you captred the irridescence really well. I think I must have about 30 of these all come and raid my suet feeder at the same time everyday and you certainly know they've arrived from all the noise!

LeanneGardner 7 years ago

Beautiful! I love the video too Carol :)

veneta.tashev 7 years ago

I find these birds beautiful, but I can't keep mesh bird feeders, because they are very greedy and notably agressive and chase the smaller birds away.

SheaEckert 7 years ago

Great series! I love these European Starlings! I only get them on my feeders every now and then and you caught a feast! Great job :)

Mandy Hollman
Mandy Hollman 7 years ago

Wow, beautiful photos! Nice video too. Thanks for sharing :)

MaryL 7 years ago

I love the video!

DavidCManzi 7 years ago

Put together very nicely Carol......

KrantiAzad 7 years ago

great series !

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Amazing series! Lovely video and cool music :-)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 7 years ago

Wow nice series !

Atul 7 years ago

Beautiful ..... :-)

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 7 years ago

I have seen them before on cloudy days. The sun was so bright and in the right position so I finally could see the bright purples, blues and green. They were fun to watch. So noisy and greedy. LOL

Glen Marks
Glen Marks 7 years ago

Wonderful colors! Had some here today on the feeders, but not nearly as colorful as in your picture.

Carol Snow Milne
Spotted by
Carol Snow Milne

Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Mar 20, 2013
Submitted on Mar 21, 2013

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