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About the European Starling

Also known as: Starling, Common Starling, Eurasian Starling

European Starlings are native to most of Europe and western Asia. These noisy, gregarious and colorful birds have also been introduced to Australia, New Zealand, North America, and South Africa. The European Starling is among the most familiar of birds in temperate regions in the world, and is often seen in large groups.

They are beautifully colored shiny black, glossed purple or green, and spangled with white, especially so in winter.

Starlings live in a variety of habitats and are well-adapted to live in and near human settlements. European Starlings are omnivorous, eating a wide variety of invertebrates, fruit, and seeds. They also will scavenge from dumps and readily visit bird feeders.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 07 December 2007
Scientific Name Sturnus vulgaris
  • Passeriformes
  • Sturnidae
  • Sturnus
  • S. vulgaris
Birdorable Family Starlings & Waxwings
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
7.9 to 9.1 inches
12.2 to 15.7 inches
2.1 to 3.4 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia East Africa North America South America United States (West) United States (East) Australia and New Zealand

International Names

  • 紫翅椋鸟 (Chinese)
  • špaček obecný (Czech)
  • Stær (Danish)
  • Spreeuw (Dutch)
  • Estorninho-comum (Finnish)
  • Étourneau Sansonnet (French)
  • Star (German)
  • Storno (Italian)
  • ホシムクドリ (Hoshimukudori) (Japanese)
  • 반점찌르레기 (Banjeomjjireuregi) (Korean)
  • Stær (Norwegian)
  • Szpak (Polish)
  • Обыкновенный скворец (Russian)
  • Estornino Pinto (Spanish)
  • Stare (Swedish)

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