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Starlings

European (Common) StarlingCommon starlings, also called European starlings, are not native to the US. In fact, they were introduced to the US in the 19th century by a group of Shakespeare enthusiasts. Today, they are now among the most numerous songbirds.

Appearance

Common starlings are typically 7-1/2 to 9 inches in length. From a distance, they appear black. However, the plumage is actually glossy black with iridescent purple or green throughout.

Nesting Habits

Starlings are most common in open, rural areas and are found typically around people.

Nests are typically 10 – 25 feet off of the ground and are almost always in a cavity usually in a building or other structure. Females will often return to the same nest each year.

Food Sources

While they are partial to fruit, they will eat a variety of insects and spiders.

Average Lifespan

The average lifespan of a starling is 15 years. Breeding takes place during the spring and summer, with the female laying 4 – 7 eggs each time.

Behavior

Starlings are loud, highly social birds that will roost communally and can number in the thousands during non-breeding seasons. They will associate in flocks of varying sizes throughout the year.

They are extremely aggressive birds that will drive other species from nest sites they want to use and will compete with native birds for insects.

Common Problems

While unlikely, their droppings can contain Histoplasma capsulatum, which is responsible for histoplasmosis, a fungal disease.

Starling Control and Removal

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Our service area includes Philadelphia and Greater Metro of Philly, as well as Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lehigh County, Montgomery County and Northampton County.

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This starling nest was built in a dryer vent. We carefully removed the nest and placed it in a tree not too far away.