The Birdist’s Rules of Birding Birdist Rule #72: It’s Okay to Hate Starlings. You don’t have to love every species. Here are some good candidates for your less-than-favorite birds.
Starlings have a very bad reputation, and with good reason. They are aggressive birds that have displaced our native songbirds by competing for nesting spots as well as food sources. But they also have their good points. Discover their talents as well as ways to keep them out of your bird feeders.
Like starlings and other members of the blackbird family, these birds are aggressive, colonizing in huge flocks to overwhelm structures and drive out native bird species. Damage Caused by Starlings / Grackles: When starlings or grackles are in their flocking phase, thousands of these pest birds can literally overwhelm trees or buildings in an area.
First brought to North America by Shakespeare enthusiasts in the nineteenth century, European Starlings are now among the continent’s most numerous songbirds. They are stocky black birds with short tails, triangular wings, and long, pointed bills. Though they’re sometimes resented for their abundance and aggressiveness, they’re still dazzling birds when you get a good look.
The common starling (Sturnus vulgaris), also known as the European starling, or in the British Isles just the starling, is a medium-sized passerine bird in the starling family, Sturnidae.It is about 20 cm (8 in) long and has glossy black plumage with a metallic sheen, which is speckled with white at some times of year. The legs are pink and the bill is black in winter and yellow in summer ...
Get the flock out of here: Starlings are the worst. Birds. Ever. Go on and hate starlings, who cause $900 million of damage a year, kill other species and destroy the ecosystem ... “They’re a ...
It appears that Starlings are capable of seriously reducing martin populations whenever human beings fail to manage colonies, and since most Purple Martins in North America nest in birdhouses, the future may not be hopeful for this species. - Dr. Charles R. Brown, American Birds, May 1981, Vol. 35(3):266-268.
Starlings forge with other bird species including red-winged blackbirds, brown-headed cowbirds, American robins, house sparrows, crows and rock doves. They walk along the ground probing the soil with their bills. One of the most numerous birds in North America, the starling is a fierce competitor for nesting sites.
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.
Controlling. Pests and Predators. Of. Purple Martins . Operating a purple martin colony is a very pleasant and self gratifying hobby. Few things are more soothing or relaxing than sitting out on the back deck in the evening and watching the superb aerial acrobatics of these delightful birds.