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Avian Aliens

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Starlings and house sparrows have found a home in the U.S.

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Photo of a male red-winged blackbird singing

Birds of a Feather

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Trouble ensues when blackbirds, cowbirds, starlings and grackles flock together.

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Photograph of a European Starling

European Starling

Sturnus vulgaris
Few Americans love this bold nonnative bird, purposefully introduced to our continent in the late 1800s and now abundant throughout our country.

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Photograph of a juvenile European starling walking in grass

European Starling (Juvenile)

Young European starlings are brownish gray with dull streaking below and a brown bill. With the adults, they forage on the ground and at birdfeeders.

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Photograph of a European Starling

European Starling (Winter Plumage)

European starlings are more speckled in the winter. In fall after molting, the wings and tail are edged in brown; the entire plumage is speckled with white spots. The white speckling wears off toward spring, leaving a more solid glossy black.

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Reflections

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"Reflections" for the November, 1999 Missouri Conservationist.

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