Common Starling
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General description.

Thanks for your patience. We haven't completed content on this bird. While we work on it, here is some information from Frank Chapman, author of "What Bird is That." >>>>>> STARLING Sturnus vulgaris. Case 2, Figs. 24, 25 In winter conspicuously dotted with whitish; in summer with but few dots and a yellow bill; at all times with a short tail and long wings. L 8. Range. Introduced from Europe into Central Park, New York City, in 1890, now more or less numerous from Virginia to Maine; occasional west of the Alleghanies. It is a quick, active bird, probing the ground now this side, now that, as it walks rapidly over our lawns. The short tail and long wings are most noticeable in the air and distinguish the Starling from our other black birds. A long-drawn whistle, such as one calls to a dog, is the Starling's most common note, but it has many others. It nests in April, often after quarreling with Flickers for possession of a nest-hole in which to lay its pale bluish eggs. The young appear in mid-May and their harsh, rasping food-call is a common note for several weeks; then the birds begin to gather in companies which, later, form flocks of thousands.

Flight pattern.

Direct.

Breeding habits.

Monogamous.

Calls or song.

pheeEW

Population and distribution.

Common.

Nesting habits.

The European Starling nests in a variety of places and lays 4-8 pale bluish eggs in April.
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