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  • Common Starling

  • Sturnus vulgaris
  • The Common Starling has a wide variation in plumage. Both sexes are similar, although the female is less glossy than the male. In autumn, when the plumage is new, birds are glossed black, with a purple and green shine, and the tips of the body feathers have large white spots. At this time the bill is dark and the legs are brown. With wear, the white spots are lost, while the bill and legs turn yellow. During the breeding season adults become glossy-black without any spots. Young birds are dull grey-brown.

  • Photos link
  • http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/viewphotos.php?c=486
  • Song link
  • http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/sites/www.birdsinbackyards.net/files/factsheets/audio/sturnus-vulgaris.mp3
  • « Back to Catalog
  • Common Starling

  • The Common Starling has a wide variation in plumage. Both sexes are similar, although the female is less glossy than the male. In autumn, when the plumage is new, birds are glossed black, with a purple and green shine, and the tips of the body feathers have large white spots. At this time the bill is dark and the legs are brown. With wear, the white spots are lost, while the bill and legs turn yellow. During the breeding season adults become glossy-black without any spots. Young birds are dull grey-brown.

  • Formerly or also known as
  • Scientific name
  • Sturnus vulgaris
  • Former scientific name
    RAOU number
  • 999
  • Size
  • 20-22cm
  • Period in district
  • Song group
  • The whistlers
  • Song link
  • http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/sites/www.birdsinbackyards.net/files/factsheets/audio/sturnus-vulgaris.mp3
  • Photos link
  • http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/viewphotos.php?c=486
  • Description link
  • http://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/common-starling