WANTED - EUROPEAN STARLING (or STURNUS VULGARIS)

This small bird appears black with white specks, but really has dark green/violet plumage. The primary feathers look grey with gold outlines and the tail feathers seem cinnamon in coloration. Beaks may range from yellow to a deep black. These beaks are very long and are used to push plants aside to get to small invertebrates. The bird's eyes can look directly forwards to support the digging.

Native habitats are hue in color (blue, green, yellow) and non-native in paler coloration (sea-green & pale yellow). Thanks Wikipedia!

It's rightful habitat is in an area titles "Eurasia", a combination of the countries Europe and Asia. To be more specific, the European Starling is natively found in Spain, the UK, parts of Russia, Turkey, and Iceland to name a few. These birds do not swim, but they  commonly migrate, depending on the season, in large flocks.

The European Starling was brought to North America, along with other species, to introduce the new land to all the avians used in Shakespeare's plays. Ever since then, the 60 birds brought over have reproduced to over 300 million individuals that bring forth Histoplasmosis and $800 million/year worth of agricultural damage. Also, did I forget to mention that the large groups of migrating pests jus LOVE to fly into jet engines? Yes, they tend to hang out around airports.

Don't worry, the flocks get BIGGER.

The WDW is considering the legalization of shooting and the selling of toxicants against the European Starling (in North America), although spraying large amounts of grape flavoring will repel the flocks from where ever you're at.

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