Wild Florida Photo - Sturnus vulgaris

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Sturnus vulgaris



Not native to Florida


As their name implies, these songbirds are native to Europe. They were brought to North America in the 1890's.
European starlings are blackbird-sized and dark with a relatively long, slender bill. During breeding - December through August - they have a purple and green iridescence in the light and a yellow bill. Non-breeding birds - September through February - have a more brownish appearance with small light spots. The bill is dark in the winter, turning yellow before the breeding plumage appears.

Sturnus vulgaris is a member of the Sturnidae - Starlings family.

For more information on this species, visit the following link:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds page for this species

Date record last modified:
Apr 01, 2019