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Image: Ray Kennedy

A family of small birds in Europe, Asia and Africa; many are strikingly coloured and iridescent. One species is regular in the UK, both as a resident and as a winter visitor. 

Starlings are almost thrush-sized, but more upright, on strong legs, with short tails, pointed wings and sharply-pointed bills. They are also more social, forming closer, often much larger, flocks and feeding quickly in busy, squabbling groups where food is abundant.


Smaller than blackbirds, with a short tail, pointed head, triangular wings, starlings look black at a distance but when seen closer they are very glossy with a sheen of purples and greens. Their fligh... More...