Common Starling

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Common Starling

Sturnus vulgaris


Breeds August-January. Builds an untidy cup nest in tree hollows, stumps, fence posts, walls and celiings of buildings. Is considered a pest in Australia. Willl readily compete with native bird species for nest sites. Forms large flocks in winter.


Details Description
Type
Bird
Group
Starlings and Mynas
Identifying Characteristics

Male and female similar however the female is less glossy than the male. Plumage varies according to the season. In autumn, black, glossed bronze-green and purple plumage with the underparts tipped white giving a spotted appearance. As the breeding season progresses the adults become glossy-black without the spots. Bill black in winter and pale yellow in summer. Size 21 cm.

Distinctive Markings

Glossy black with the appearance of white spots due to the underparts tipped white in autumn.

Diet

Omnivore, feeding on invertebrates and seeds in paddocks and on lawns. Also eats human scraps and fruit crops.

Habitat

Urban areas, agricultural areas near towns. Also open woodlands, watercourses, gardens and orchards.

Native Status
Introduced
Sounds
Wheezing, rattling and clicking noises. "chwee" "tizz-tzz".
Taxonomy
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Sturnidae
Genus
Sturnus
Species
vulgaris
Native to Europe, north and west Asia. Now established in Australia throughout south east Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and southern South Australia.

Distribution maps indicate current and historic locations where species have been sighted.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

Conservation Status
DEPI Advisory List
Not listed
FFG Act
Not listed
EPBC Act
Not listed

The conservation status of species is listed within Victoria and Australia.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) Advisory List consists of non-statutory advisory lists of rare or threatened flora and fauna within Victoria.

The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) lists threatened species in Victoria. Under the Act, an Action Statement is produced for each listed species.

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation, listing nationally threatened native species and ecological communities.

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