Steve’s Bird Of The Day #32.

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.

Β©2021 Steve McLeod.

163 Comments on “Steve’s Bird Of The Day #32.

  1. Thanks Steve! Pretty bird, love the background on their beginnings in New York. Very interesting, thanks. πŸ˜„ Wow 20 bird songs, this is an incredible bird! Have a wonderful evening Steve! πŸ˜πŸŒ™

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    • They are very pretty up close, from a distance they appear black, interesting feathers.πŸ€” There are other facts about them that are interesting too but I’m trying to keep these posts short. Not easy sometimes! Thanks for reading Beverly!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ΈπŸŒž

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      • Yes, the feathers look very interesting. I’ll Google some other facts on them….thanks! Yes, I know it is hard to not give all the info, but I have looked up other birds you posted and continued reading more info that was quite interesting. You are sparking the interest in us which is great. We can then dive in and get more detail on the facts. 😁. You’re welcome Steve! 😁🌞

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      • Hey, that’s good! That’s what I figured would happen, those who want more facts can easily get them, others will just stay with what I give, just depends on their interest level. But nice to see! Keep looking!πŸ˜πŸ˜ΊπŸ¦…πŸ¦πŸ¦‰

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  2. The Starling is so pretty ! Interesting info too ! Sleep well ! β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ€”πŸ˜΄πŸ˜Ί

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    • They can become pests at times. We don’t have that problem up this way, probably because they don’t stick around in the winter usually, though sometimes they will.

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  3. Pretty little bird and amazing that it can mimic 20 different bird songs. Thanks for sharing the backstory, as well. 🎡 πŸŽΆβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸŒ» 🌞

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    • They are quite beautiful when seen up close and they can be very comical as well. But they can also become a pest at times. Still, there is a lot of amazing facts about them and the way they fly. I should write more about them. Glad you enjoyed this!πŸ˜πŸ˜Έβ˜•β˜•πŸ“·

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  4. I always wondered why as a kid the Starlings were considered a pest. Now I know they were not Native to N.A. so that explains the bias towards them. I think they are very pretty bird!

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  5. Steve, this post takes me back to my hometown in Montana. Many years ago, there was a lively discussion about the starlings. Their persistence overcame the negative comments.

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  6. Such a pretty bird 🐦, very interesting that they are able to change their beaks their spots disappear leaving them with brown feathers

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