Hi, I am a Starling. I am classified as a Passerine songbird. That means I sing perched on a branch for all of you to hear me. Sometimes we will be silly and copy sounds from our surroundings, such as car horns, car alarms, etc. I am a family of small to medium sized birds. You can find me in North American, New Zealand, and Hawaii. In these three place we compete with the native birds for the habitats there, and now we are an invasive species. We prefer our habitat to be open and we love to eat fruit and insects. Sometimes many of us searching for food open our bill after probing it into the vegetation, and this is called OPEN bill probing.
Our colorful plumage is usually dark with a pretty metallic sheen. We are about 6 inches long, similar to the size of the American Robins. We have a pointed bill that is yellow and becomes dark in the fall. We have purplish black on our head and chest. Our wings are cool because they have this green hue whereas the wing ending is brownish black.
You might noticed our pinkish red legs. We nest in holes laying white or blue eggs, and we love finding woodpeckers cavities, or even a natural cavity in a tree. We use nest material sometimes that could be a fire hazard. Materials we use can be paper, plastic, string, grass, and pine needles. Our females will lay 4 to 6 pale blue eggs and our young will fly at about the age of 21 days and then out on their own. You might find us at the seed and suet feeders, or you just might hear us because we are noisy birds .
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