Birds of St. Charles County, MO
European Starling

European Starling
Sturnus vulgaris

Size: 7 1/2"

Male: Gray-to-black bird with white speckles in the fall and winter. Shiny purple black during spring and summer. Long, pointed bill that is yellow in the spring and turns gray in the fall. Short tail.

Female: Same as male.

Juvenile: Similar to adult, gray brown in color with a streaked chest.

Nest: Female and male line a cavity. Two broods per year.

Eggs: 4-6; bluish with brown markings

Incubation: 12-14 days; female and male incubate

Fledging: 18-20 days; male and female feed young

Migration: The European Starling can be found in St. Charles County year round.

Food: Insects, seeds, fruit, and will come to seed and suet feeders.

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