European Starling

(Sturnus vulgaris)

Conservation Status
European Starling
 
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 
  NatureServe

NNA - No Status Rank

SNA - No Status Rank

 
  Minnesota

not listed

 
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

8½ in length

16 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Agricultural areas, townsites, woodland edges, landfills, roadsides

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Migration

 
 

 

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Abundant year-round resident

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Passeriformes (perching birds)  
 

Family

Sturnidae (starlings)  
 

Genus

Sturnus (European and spotless starlings)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris vulgaris)

Faroe Starling (Sturnus vulgaris faroensis)

Shetland Starling (Sturnus vulgaris zetlandicus)

Azores Starling (Sturnus vulgaris granti)

Siberian Starling (Sturnus vulgaris poltaratskyi)

Black Sea Starling (Sturnus vulgaris tauricus)

Eastern Turkey Starling (Sturnus vulgaris purpurascens)

Caucasian Starling (Sturnus vulgaris caucasicus)

Central Asian Starling (Sturnus vulgaris porphyronotus)

Hume’s Starling (Sturnus vulgaris nobilior)

Himalayan Starling (Sturnus vulgaris humii)

Sindh Starling (Sturnus vulgaris minor)

 
       
 

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There was a huge group of them in park behind my house this fall in mid October. Since there is a small flock I see, nearly daily, in the tree tops of my surrounding neighbors.

 
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  Common Starling [Sturnus Vulgaris]
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In this video, we learn about the common starling.

   
 

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European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Montrose, MN
12/11/2022
There was a huge group of them in park behind my house this fall in mid October. Since there is a small flock I see, nearly daily, in the tree tops of my surrounding neighbors.
Video by Mandi Lynn

   
       
 
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  Sturnus Vulgaris: A Second Look
Andy Keyes
 
   
 
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Published on Dec 11, 2012

An honest inspection of one of the most disliked bird species in North America, the Eurasian Starling.

Info on the current chair of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Christopher Leahy (and a few other birders): http://www.massaudubon.org/NH_Travel/leaders.php

In case the credits went too quickly, here are the acknowledgements (helpful texts that gave me information about starlings):

Dunn, Robert R. 2006. The Pigeon Paradox: Dependence of Global Conservation on Urban Nature. Conservation Biology, Volume 20: 1814--1816.

Johnson, Ron J. 1994. European Starlings. The Handbook: Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage. Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage.

Linz, George M. 2007. European Starlings: A Review of an Invasive Species with Far-reaching Impacts. Managing Vertebrate Invasive Species: Proceedings of an International Symposium.

Nicholas Komar. 1999. Eastern equine encephalitis virus in birds: relative competence of European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris). Am J Trop Med Hyg.; Volume 60(3): 387-91.

Thorpe, John. 1998. Review of 100 Years of Military and Civilian Bird Strikes. Proceedings of the International Seminar on Birds and Flight Safety in the Middle East.

White, Randolph. 2005. Compressed Air, Wooden Clappers, and Other Non-Traditional Methods for Dispersing European Starlings from an Urban Roost. Proceedings of the 11th Wildlife Damage Management Conference.

Thanks for watching!

   
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  European Starling family bathing - first lesson to babies
Nat Bel
 
   
 
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Uploaded on May 17, 2011

A family of European starlings is bathing. Young starlings just started flying from the nest. After a parent showed how to bath babies started bathing very carefully. Three young starlings have different personalities and courage. The bravest one (with a pine needle on the back) tries to fight with two adults (at the end of the movie).

The movie was taken with Canon Powershot SD970 IS.

San Francisco Bay Area.

https://sites.google.com/site/backyardbirdbathwildnature/backyard-birds---photos

   

 

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12/11/2022

Location: Montrose, MN

There was a huge group of them in park behind my house this fall in mid October. Since there is a small flock I see, nearly daily, in the tree tops of my surrounding neighbors.

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