European Starling

Physical Traits

Black with shiny multi-color feathers of purple and greenish black.  The adult in breeding season has a yellow bill.  They are commonly found in large flocks and will chase other seed-eating birds away from feeders.  They compete with cavity nesting birds like bluebirds and woodpeckers for nests.


They were introduced in New York City from Europe in the 1890’s and are now found in all habitats.

Recommended Feeders

Feeder Tips

They are not particular and will find a feeder in any area.

States and Regions Found

Found throughout the United States, Canada and northern Mexico.