About this objectStarlings are dark blackish blue with an oily sheen to their plumage. Seen up close, the feathers are finely spotted. This one is partly albino.
During the summer starlings are usually seen in small family groups probing lawns for grubs. They are also quarrelsome visitors to bird tables. In winter they form flocks, sometimes immense. These flocks can be seen at dusk swirling and circling above towns as they prepare to roost for the night. However, starling numbers are decreasing. Starlings are accomplished mimics, incorporating a variety of sounds into their own songs. These range from snatches of other birds’ songs to phone ring tones and car alarms.
Field Collection Place DescriptionHitchin, Herts
MeasurementsWing: 12.9 cm
Tail: 6.4 cm
Bill: 2.95 cm
Credit LineMrs W Cannon
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