birdandhike.com logo
Home | Wildlife | Birds | Songbird Family
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Birds Around Las Vegas, Wildlife Around Las Vegas
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Black bird, short tail, yellow bill.

General Description: European Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) are medium-sized, sexually monomorphic, black birds with long, pointed, yellow bills. The tail is short for a blackbird, and in flight, the bird looks triangular. During winter, Starlings loose the yellow on the bill and get a coat of yellow speckles.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Sturnidae.

Favored Habitat: Urban areas, agricultural fields, and feed lots.

Where to Find: Parking lots, urban parks, and agricultural areas.

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Comments: These birds were introduced from Europe and are a big problem for cavity nesting birds (e.g., bluebirds, swallows, American Kestrels, and woodpeckers). A flock of European Starlings will gang up on the cavity resident, kill or drive them out, and let one pair of starlings take over the nest hole.

These are also the birds that fly in great flocks and swirl around the sky in coordination, looking like a dark-colored mass of madness. When not flying or feeding, these birds roost in urban trees and make huge amounts of bird mess on the ground.

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Starling in Europe (London, England)
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Starling in Europe (London, England)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
copyright; Last updated 120906

Songbirds Birds Around Las Vegas Wildlife Around Las Vegas Glossary Copyright, Conditions, Disclaimer Home

 

Google Ads