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Originating from Europe, starlings were released throughout the city of New York in the early 1890s. An individual wanted to introduce all the birds that were mentioned in Shakespeare’s works to the United States. Today starlings have grown to be approximately 140 million in population throughout the states.
• Starlings travel in flocks as pigeons and sparrows do. They nest in tree cavities, and ledges in rural areas.
• They are a pest in grain fields, corn fields, and livestock feedlots; they can number in hundreds and thousands.
• In cities, apartment buildings and parks are chosen areas for starlings to roost. In winter, they will flock to lighted signs and large buildings to keep warm.
• Because they are so numbered, starlings create so much filth with their droppings that they have the ability to severely damage or even kill trees.
• Starlings mate in the Springtime- females may lay 4-7 eggs that will hatch approximately 13 days later. When the young become 21 days old, they leave the nest. A female may lay two batches (or broods) per season.
Starlings are about the size of a robin- they are stocky and have short tails. Most people confuse these birds with the blackbird, but the main difference is that they contain greenish purple metallic looking feathers within their body. Both female and male have a yellow beak as the black bird only during mating season, other time it is a dull dark color.