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Common Starling - Sturnus vulgaris

Migratory bird with white sparkling, overall dark, metallic shining feather dress. This species has been introduced to North America and can be both helpful and harmful to agriculture by either controlling invertebrate pests or damaging themselves fruits and growing sprouts.

Common Names

  • Common Starling (en)
  • Estornino pinto (es)
  • √Čtourneau sansonnet (fr)
  • Gemeiner Star (de)

Taxonomy

  • Passeriformes
  • Sturnidae
  • Sturnus vulgaris

Where & When to Spot

Early spring till late autumn in all parks around Montreal.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

LocationSpringSummerAutumnWinter
Champ des Possibles, Montreal 2 0 0 0
Park Angrignon, Montreal 0 1 0 0
Park Pointe aux Prairies 1 0 0 0
Rapids Park Lachine 3 0 0 1

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

How to Identify

Dark bluish to greenish, metallic shining feather dress with white spots. Usually appears in nearby parks in small flocks, resting in the top of trees, feeding on the ground.

Photos

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

pippy-park - 2017-08-15

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 200;

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2016-01-23

NIKON D7100; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/800; Aperture f6.3; Iso 800;

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2016-01-23

NIKON D7100; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f6.3; Iso 800;

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2016-01-23

NIKON D7100; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/400; Aperture f6.3; Iso 800;

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