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 Starling


“Sturnus Vulgaris”







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 

Brighton Pier

Leighton Moss

Ham Wall 

Minsmere


and many more

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