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Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Observed: 28th May 2013 By: hydrurgahydrurga’s reputation in Birdshydrurga’s reputation in Birdshydrurga’s reputation in Birds
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Description:

These birds were all flocking and eating together, making a lot of noise in the process. Some have a Starling look to them but the plumage is definitely different on some (dull brown) to others - different species or just ages? 2 ids, 4 comments.

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Starling

They are one of the few small birds where the juveniles have a totally different (plain grey-brown) plumage to the adults. They then moult that completely through the summer/autumn, looking like adults once the winter comes. Because moult is a gradual process, you end up with some fantastic looking starlings later in the year...the whole body black with white feather tips like an adult, but the head still the brown-grey of a juvenile, for example. Once winter comes, they are very hard to tell from adults, indeed.

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Common Starlings

Many thanks indeed for the identification orchid_b, for the comment Ian, and for the confirmation by everyone else. It's fascinating to learn that they are indeed starlings - the calls didn't trigger any "starling memory" in me, so I assume that the calls of the young ones aren't quite the same as those of the flocks of adults I'm used to hearing. I look forward to seeing the great looking maturing starlings later in the year!

I hope that those are happy memories orchid_b and not cause to despise those May calls. :-)

Pete
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Thanks Pete. The exams were

Thanks Pete. The exams were OK. It was the results that were the problem.

Jamie from Briantspuddle

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Re: Exams

Sorry to hear that Jamie. The next time you hear the starlings at the end of May, you must do something nice so that from now on, when you hear them, it doesn't remind you of your exams!

Pete
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