Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Starlings are beautiful and highly sociable blighters. They look black at a distance but when seen closer they are very glossy with a sheen of purples and greens. They are proud songsters, singing both melodic and mechanical-sounding noises. They can also mimic other species of birds’ songs. They can be seen in most of Europe and North America, and have been introduced to many other areas across the world. Did you know: They form huge flocks called murmurations, some of which can contain 1.5 million.

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