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The Eurasian Starling: Small, chunky, iridescent purple and green blackbird with long, pointed yellow bill, pink legs, and short tail. The feathers on back and undertail show buff edges. With the ability to bring variation in their appearance with the seasonal changes, European Starlings have a stocky body which is seen to have white spots all over the plumage during the winter season. Their less-pointy wings make a triangular shape in sustained flight, and the tails are short. Their long and sharp beaks turn yellow when winter comes.
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They are long-lived; one wild individual is documented to have lived more than 15 years and banding studies have shown individuals may live up to 21 years.
Starlings are really very beautiful to look at when you get close enough; their oily black feathers shine purple and green like petrol on water in different lights.
Starlings eat a variety of insect pests, particularly leatherjackets that can damage lawns, and so can be a valuable asset for keen gardeners who don’t want their plants annihilated.
Quite a few garden birdwatchers complain about starlings because they seem to clean out a feeding station in minutes. Starlings do this as they evolved to feed quickly in flocks, rather than because they are greedy. It’s not their fault.
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