Starling


Starling

Widespread all year round UK visitor. A noisy, gregasious bird most abundant in southern England, more thinly distributed in uplands areas with moorlands. Although they are still the UK’s commenest garden bird its decline in numbers puts it on the red list status.

Red is the highest conservation priority, with species needing urgent action.


Identification

Adult
The upperparts are glossy black with brown margins to the wings and feathers. The head, back and underparts are glossy black in summer, and heavily speckled with white in the winter.
Juvenile
The juveniles have a grey-brown buff body with whitish chin patch black bill and legs.
Size
20.5 - 22.5 cms
Bill
Yellow, short & thin
Legs
Red, medium in length
Habitat
Gardens, marshes, moors, sea cliffs, estuaries, woods, hedges.
Behaviour
Flits, perches openly, walks, takes off & lands from vegetation and the ground
Flocking
1 - 100,000
Flight
Glides, strong & powerful, direct
Voice
Variety wheezing calls, much mimicry

Breeding & Feeding

Nest
Untidy, hole in a tree, cliff or building, nest boxes
Eggs
5 - 7, pale blue
Incubation Period
12 - 15 days
Broods
1 - 2; April - May
Food
Insects, fruit, seeds, nuts, suet
UK Breeding Pairs
1.2 million

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