Species: Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Family: Starlings (STURNIDAE)

Category: Birds

Location: Widespread

A. Birds

More extensive information on birds can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Starlings (STURNIDAE)

Starlings are small to medium-sized gregarious birds found across Europe, North America, Asia and the Pacific. They are omnivores that have often developed a preference for living in or near human population centres.

They are an adaptable group of birds, dazzlingly acrobatic in the air, nimble of foot on the ground, and famous for assembling in huge mumurations, swooping and whirling in the sky before gathering in densely-packed roosts for the night.

C. Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

The Starling is a resident breeding bird in Britain and is with us all year round. Although they number perhaps 1.8 million breeding pairs - and are one of Britain's commonest birds - their status in Britain is RED, reflecting huge loss in numbers attributable to a variety of factors including habitat loss and modern farming practices.

Their diet is varied, encompassing insects (especially crane fly larvae), fruit and seeds. You can often see starlings on the ground amongst cattle, feeding on grubs, flies and larvae.

They are smaller than Blackbirds and have a glossy iridescent sheen to their feathers, which often appear tinged with purple, blue or green. Their voice is complex, and they are known as great imitators - of both people and car alarms!

Starlings enjoy the grain we place in the bird-feeders in the Cemetery.

The Starling is listed on the IUCN Birds of Conservation Concern: Red List. It is classed as a UK Biodiversity Action Plan Priority Species. It is protected under Section 41 of The Natural Environment & Rural Communities Act, 2006, and is also on the Sussex Notable Bird List.

Images

Starling

The elusive and skittish Starling is a gregarious bird.