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Also called European Starlings are now among the continent’s most numerous songbirds. They are stocky black birds with short tails, triangular wings, red legs and long, pointed yellow bills.
Starlings typically live around people, using mowed lawns, city streets, and agricultural fields for feeding; and trees, buildings, and other structures for nesting. Their main requirements are open, grassy areas in which to forage, a water source. Pictured are Starlings of my backyard in Florida.
All the European Starlings in North America descended from 100 birds set loose in New York's Central Park in the early 1890s. The birds were intentionally released by a group who wanted America to have all the birds that Shakespeare ever mentioned.