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The Starling slightly smaller than a blackbird has a short tail and glossy purple/green glossy feathers.
They appear black from a distance but once the sun hits them the colours are beautiful.
They are noisy birds.
They feed on fruit and invertebrates.
They are 21cm in length
They have a wingspan of 37 to 42cm
They weighs in at between 75 and 90g.
We are all familiar with a “murmuration of starlings”
They perform aerobatic displays before dropping in to roost.It is a spectacular sight and as more and more birds join in a huge pulsating flock is formed.
It is estimated that there are up to
100,000 starlings in a murmuration.
They say there is safety in numbers but these murmurations
attract sparrowhawks and peregrine falcons
These “murmurations can be seen at
and many more