Starling, Sturnus vulgaris: adult, garden bird on feeder, England.


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.