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Common Starling

common-starling-julianrobinsonSturnus vulgaris
The introduced Common Starling has a wide variation in plumage. Both sexes are similar, although the female is less glossy than the male. In autumn, birds are glossed black, with a purple and green shine, and the tips of the body feathers have large white spots. At this time the bill is dark and the legs are brown. With wear, the white spots are lost, while the bill and legs turn yellow. During the breeding season adults become glossy-black without any spots. Young birds are dull grey-brown. Adults range in size from 20 to 22 cm long.

The Common Starling is a widespread pest species in the Leichhardt area.

More information on Common Starlings at Wikipedia.