European Starling

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 07 December 2007
Scientific Name
Sturnus vulgaris
  • Passeriformes
  • Sturnidae
  • Sturnus
  • S. vulgaris
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
7.9 to 9.1 inches
12.2 to 15.7 inches
2.1 to 3.4 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 紫翅椋鸟
Czech (Cesky) špaček obecný
Danish (Dansk) Stær
Dutch (Nederlands) Spreeuw
Finnish (Suomi) Estorninho-comum
French (Français) Étourneau Sansonnet
German (Deutsch) Star
Italian (Italiano) Storno
Japanese (日本語) ホシムクドリ (Hoshimukudori)
Korean (한국어) 반점찌르레기 (Banjeomjjireuregi)
Norwegian (Norsk) Stær
Polish (Polski) Szpak
Russian (русский язык) Обыкновенный скворец
Spanish (Español) Estornino Pinto
Swedish (Svenska) Stare
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