Starling (spring and winter plumages)

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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No. 25 Starling Length 8 1/2 inches This species, like the House Sparrow, is an alien, and was introduced into the Untied States in the year 1890. The first shipment of sixty birds was released in Central Park, New York, and since that time they have multiplied greatly, not only becoming very abundant in the New York City region, but rapidly extending their range westward and southward until they are now reported as far distant as Alabama and Illinois. Starlings are resourceful and aggressive, and, to quite an extent, seem likely to drive out some of our best-loved native birds, as, for instance, the Bluebird. It yet remains to be seen what the final result of the introduction of this species will be. Neither has its place yet been fully determined with respect to food habits. Starlings are highly gregarious, and flocks of several thousands may be encountered after the close of the nesting season. Their nests are in crevices of buildings, hollow trees, or nesting boxes erected for other birds. The eggs are from four to six and pale bluish. Classification: Order Passeres. Family Sturnidae. Scientific name: Sturnus vulgaris. Range: Throughout western and central Europe. Introduced into the United States, where it has spread into much of the country east of the Mississippi and south to the Gulf States; also north to the eastern provinces of Canada. No. 25 from set of 50 Winter Birds of the Northeastern United States. Published by the National Association of Audubon Societies, 1974 Broadway, New York City. Price per set, in a box, $1.00 post paid

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