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Saturday Critters – The Starling

As soon as spring arrives, the birds that were left in winter return to the park. Today I’ve seen some Starlings in the park. They were nice and offered to take me! 🙂 The starlings come to us early, and are located in the areas near the ponds, rivers, lakes.

I think I’ve talked before about them on the pages of this blog.

It is well adapted to the city life where it can be found in the shady parks with old trees. They look for food on the earth, which is usually made up of worms and insects.The plumage is predominantly blackish with green-violet shades. The tip of the wings and the tail are of dark brown and sprinkled all over the body with white spots.

  • Did you know the starling is not a master of nest construction and often prefers to steal the nest of another bird.

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  • Did you know the starling is not a master of nest construction and often prefers to steal the nest of another bird.

    • Yes
    • No
  • Did you know the starling is not a master of nest construction and often prefers to steal the nest of another bird.

    • Yes
    • No

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  1. Nice photo of the Starling , I did not know they like to steal other birds nests.
    Interesting because my eldest sister Janet put out carefully prescribed Starling boxes for their nests while she and her husband lived in Gisborn
    I now don’t know if they used the bird boxes.
    Maybe some other bird did.
    However, birds have to adapt to different places and it could be that the Starling has to adapt to its environment by stealing other birds nests
    That is interesting and I would like to find out.

    • Thank you, Pamela!
      Starlings do not stay in winter in my area because they can not adapt to low temperatures. They migrate to warmer places and come back in the spring. Then they prefer to occupy the already built nests of other birds! I do not know why they do it! Probably they are a little lazy! Who knows??

      • We have a few birds other than starlings that do that. The Myna does that and so does our native bird the Shinning Cuckoo. I have never seen a Shinning Cuckoo. Maybe some birds are lazy.
        I saved a baby bird thrown from it’s nest, and took it to bird rescue.
        I don’t know whether it was a Tui or a Myna.

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