Common Starling - Sturnus vulgaris perched on a fence
European starlings have glossy, iridescent feathers.
Starling murmuration in evening sky
Starling murmurations are coordinated aerial dances wherein thousands of starlings swoop in unison.
An adult starling feeding its fledgling
Fledgling starlings are a soft brown color without the iridescence or "stars" that they will develop as adults.
European starling approaching nest in a tree to feed its chick
All European starlings in the U.S. today are descendants of 100 birds that were released in Central Park in the early 1890s.
A European starling singing in the wild
European starlings are excellent mimics and can imitate other birds, machinery, and even human speech.