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How To Identify Birds: the Starling

Watch more Birdwatching videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Recognize the starling with help from this guide. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Observe the bird's size and shape Consider the bird's appearance through binoculars and compare it with the pictures in your field guide. Starlings have stout bodies, short tails and long, slender beaks. In flight their wings are short and pointed, so that the birds resemble four-pointed stars. Step 2: Observe the bird's coloring Consider the bird's color. Starlings may appear black from a distance, but in summer they are iridescent purple-green with yellow beaks. In winter they are brown with white spots and dark bills. Step 3: Observe the bird's call Consider the bird's call. In the spring, starlings sit together in trees and produce a variety of sounds, including squeaks, chatters, chirps, and a whistle. Tip Starlings imitate the calls of other birds and animals, and have been heard mimicking the barking of a dog and the mewing of a cat. Step 4: Observe the bird's behavior Consider the bird's behavior. Starlings travel in large flocks, often with other species, and are frequently found sitting on telephone wires, buildings, or trees. Step 5: Consider the bird's habitat Consider the habitat where the bird is observed. Starlings like to live around human settlements, and they feed on the ground in spaces they share with humans, such as lawns and parking lots. Did You Know? About 100 starlings were introduced into New York City's Central Park from Europe in 1890.
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