Interesting Facts about Starlings (The best of from: Wikipedia):
- Starlings are medium-sized passerines.
- Scientific classification
- The shortest-bodied species Kenrick’s starling (Poeoptera kenricki) has 15 cm.
- The lightest-weight species Abbott’s starling (Poeoptera femoralis) has 34 grams.
- The largest secies the Nias hill myna (Gracula robusta) has 36 cm and 400 grams.
- There are 25 species.
- The plumage of the starling is often brightly coloured due to iridescence; this colour is derived from the structure of the feathers, not from any pigment.
- Starlings imitate a variety of avian species and have a repertoire of about 15–20 distinct imitations. Starlings have also been known to imitate other man-made environmental sounds, such as phone boxes and cars.
- The diets of the starlings are usually dominated by fruits and insects.
- The starlings are generally a highly social family. Most species associate in flocks of varying sizes throughout the year.
- A flock of starlings is called a murmuration. These flocks may include other species of starlings and sometimes species from other families. This sociality is particularly evident in their roosting behaviour; in the non-breeding season some roosts can number in the thousands of birds.
Source of the Starling photo: keywordhut.com.
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