Starlings

Sturnidae

Seven species are present in Australia. The native Metallic Starling Aplonis metallica and the Singing Starling Aplonis cantoroides both have wider distributions, the Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris and Common Myna Acridotheres tristis are introduced and the Rosy Starling Pastor roseus, Purple-backed Starling Agropsar sturninus and Chestnut-cheeked Starling Agropsar philippensis are vagrants. The Tasman Starling Aplonis fusca, a former endemic of NI and LHI, is now extinct. All have straight, pointed bills and strong legs.

European Starling

European Starling

  What does it look and sound like?   The European Starling shows considerable variation in plumage.  Both adults resemble each other, although the female is considered less glossy than the male.  In autumn, the plumage is glossed black, with a purple and green iridescence.  The feathers have a buff tip, which gives the bird a spotted appearance.  These spots are almost completely absent from birds...