North Louisiana Wildlife

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European (common) starling on a tree branch

Did you know that common starlings can fly up to 48 miles per hour?

Common Starlings
a Glance

European starlings foraging at the edge of snow

Key Features:

In winter common starlings are brown with white spots. In summer, they are iridescent greenish-purple. They look black at a distance.

Least Concern - Population Increasing


Fields, gardens, yards, forests, parks, and lawns

nesting habits:

Common starlings build cup-shaped nests on horizontal branches on the lower half of trees out of dead grass, twigs, moss, paper, feathers and roots.

seasons common starlings are active in our area:

All year


Insects and fruit

hunting Behavior:

Common starlings forage on the ground.

Commonly Confused With:

Brewer's Blackbirds, Common Grackles, Red-Winged Blackbirds, and Rusty Blackbirds

European starlings flying low

Common starlings are often confused with Brewer’s blackbirds because both are black at a distance.  Common starlings have yellow beaks. Brewer’s blackbirds have black beaks.

Common grackle foraging at the edge of shallow water

Common Starlings are often confused with common grackles because both have iridescent colors. Common starlings are smaller with shorter tails.

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