Hi everyone and welcome to our bird of the day which today is the European Starling. My picture is of a starling still changing into it’s spring and summer plumage. It will get a completely yellow beak and orange legs and feet. And most of the spots will disappear leaving them with dark glossy iridescent brown feathers. All starlings in N.A. are descended from 100 let loose in New York’s Central Park in the 1890s and now number around 200 million thriving from Alaska and northern Canada down to Mexico. Though often considered a pest they are a remarkable bird able to survive in varied habitats. They can mimic 20 different bird songs. They are also strong fliers and can fly at speeds of 48mph (77kph). Oldest recorded starling in N.A. was 15 years, 3 months, a long time for a small songbird. Have a great weekend everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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