Spring is almost like the world celebrating life with plants bursting into flowers and multitudes of birds bursting into song. Speaking of birds bursting in harmony, one we often hear at springtime is the starling, giving life to many urban gardens in us.
One, in particular, stands out from other starlings species, the amethyst starling. Once you’ve seen one, you’ll immediately know why they have gained this gem of a name! The amethyst starling hales from north-south Africa, all the way up to Senegal on the continent’s west coast and northern Tanzania on the east coast. Loving woodland, savannah forest edges, riverine habitats, and amethyst starling are considered lovely birds but tend to be invasive, pushing other species I n as they move I n.
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During his time as president of the American Acclimation Society, 60 European starlings were introduced into New York’s Central Park, hoping they would breed.
Unfortunately, they did, so now the United States has about 200 million European starlings, which is annoying.
Starlings are omnivorous birds; they feed on seeds, fruit, bugs, worms, grubs, bark, flowers, and leaves of plants. They are often found near-water, where they forage for small fish, aquatic invertebrates, and crustaceans.
Although they do not migrate far from their breeding grounds, they may travel great distances during migration.
As much as they may be beautiful to look at, those birds can be real monsters during times like that.