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Common starling

Sturnus vulgaris

Starling is a migratory bird that comes into our country from early spring to autumn and goes to southern Europe for winter. 

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Details

Starling is a versatile bird, which meets both in cultivated plain areas and in forests,  from peri-urban areas and even in cities. All species of starlings are particularly brisk, restless and always concerned with finding food.

Features

  • Starlings flies fast, noisy, in large flocks, but at low heights. Starlings moove easily on the ground, where they shook up quickly and safely.
  • Length: approximately 20 cm.
  • Wingspan: about 40 cm.
  • Weight: 75-90 grams.
  • Plumage: black-green, speckled with white spots, more intense during winter. In summer, the beak is yellow and has a vivid color, in autumn, the beak is gray and dull.
  • The female is not as bright and shiny as the male.
  • Starling has a short tail and wings are triangular, short and sharp. In flight, wings make it look like a star with four corners, as suggested by populous english name "starling".
  • Starling song is melodious, consisting of whistles and imitated sounds.
  • Omnivorous nutrition (varied diet).

Behavior

Starling is noted for "flock" instinct, forming flocks of thousands of individuals (exceptionally, up to one million), real clouds forming in the sky in a perfect synchronous, synchronous organized in order to sleep (behavior still unclear). In such situations, starlings are undesirable around settlements because of the noise each individual makes up untill it finds the right place, and, most important, because of the dirty left behind (true carpets of disgusting droppings).

Starling is a particularly dangerous pest for horticultural crops, because it feeds from their fruits (even during baking), behaviour which can cause damages to and over 50% of production. 

Frequent and aggressive attacks of starlings have serious economic effects for farmers.

Did you know...

  • Life expectancy in wildness for starlings exceed 21?
  • Starlings prefer most often to steal the nest of other birds?
  • Starlings can imitate the song of other birds easily, rendering almost identical to their voice and even distinguish sounds that are around him?
  • To get rid of parasites, starlings have discovered a novel method? They harvest insecticide from ants. Formic acid is meant to destroy parasites in birds' plumage.

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