European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Status: Abundant resident. Initially vagrant from USA, began breeding in 1950s, increase in cut lawns and golf courses favoured rise in numbers. Now a pest species in competition with bluebirds.

Local Habitat: Nests in holes in buildings, garden walls, trees and cliffs. Flocks can number in hundreds especially on golf courses and at the airport.

Habits: Breeds from March to July, laying four or five pale blue eggs (larger than bluebird eggs). Eats insects.

Identification:  Click here

 

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