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Starling: Sturnus vulgaris

One of our most common garden birds, the starling is smaller than the blackbird and a similar size to a thrush. It measures 21cm and has a short tail and triangular wings. Starlings have glossy feathers with a beautiful iridescent sheen of purple and green. In winter, flecks of white can be seen on their plumage. 

Starlings are noisy and extremely sociable, spending much of the year in a flock, and are well known for their stunning murmuration displays. They can be found in woodland, upland, urban and suburban areas, farmland, grasslands and wetlands. They feed on invertebrates such as spiders, moths and earthworms, and are often seen rooting around for food on lawns and pastures. They are also a frequent visitor to bird feeders. 

Breeding takes place from March to April, with males constructing nests from leaves and dry grass. Usual nesting spots include holes in trees, nest boxes and beneath building roof tiles. Most starlings are UK residents, although some come over from northern Europe to spend winter here. They arrive in late September and leave at the beginning of March.

Starlings love: Henry Bell Superior Seed Mix, No Grow Mix, No Mess Mix, Mealworms, Peanuts, Sunflower Seeds

  Starling: Sturnus vulgaris