Starlings

Identification

  • Colour Glossy black plumage with a metallic/iridescent sheen, black bill
  • Size From 19 cm to 23 cm in length, with a wingspan of 31 cm to 44 cm
  • Description About the same size as a robin. Their feathers become duller, spotted with white in fall.
  • Notes During breeding season their long bill turns yellow.

General Facts

Why do I have European starlings?

The European starling, also known as the common starling, likes to nest on tall trees or buildings with cavities. They then build nests with dead grasses and fresh vegetation. Starlings love to eat wild and cultivated fruits such as berries and cherries, as well as large quantities of feed from livestock farms.

How worried should I be about European starlings?

European starlings are noisy birds that do serious harm to humans, pets, and livestock. These pest birds can transmit parasites, like mites, fleas, and bedbugs, as well as potentially fatal diseases, including histoplasmosis, salmonellosis, toxoplasmosis, and chlamydiosis. The combined weight of a flock of starlings – up to 20,000 birds in the winter – can break small branches and disfigure trees. Their droppings are phytotoxic and can kill mature trees, as well as contaminate livestock feed. Removing these birds can be a difficult and delicate matter due to regulatory restrictions. To make sure you are complying with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Fish & Wildlife Act, you should use a professional, licensed pest control service.

How can I prevent European starlings invading?

Eliminate food sources, including bird feeders for other species, Repair and seal any exterior cavities where birds can nest, Cover vents and other openings with wire mesh

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