What Does a Starling Look Like?
There are 11 subspecies in Europe and Asia . Starlings are small to medium-sized passerine birds, stocky, and black with short tails and pointed, with pink legs and the bill is black in winter and yellow in summer; young birds have browner plumage than the adults , long slender beaks. … the triangular wings of the starling look like a star-shaped silhouette that distinguishes them from similar-looking birds such as blackbirds, grackles, and crows. Iridescent green feathers shimmer across their backs in the summer and are replaced in winter with white spots. It is a noisy bird , with an unmusical but varied song . The normal lifespan of a starling is around 15 years.
WHAT DO THEY EAT?
Like many other songbirds which largely feed on the ground, Starlings eat nearly anything but they enjoy feeding on worms, snails, beetles, flies, caterpillars,earthworms insects, and seed mixes. They also eat fruits including wild and cultivated cherries, holly berries, hackberries, mulberries, tupelo, Virginia creeper, and blackberries; as well as grains, seeds, livestock feed, and garbage. They forage for food by probing in the soil and pushing rocks and soil out of the way. As juveniles they can chasing after the parent bird on the ground, following at its ‘heels’ whilst foraging . In the breeding season, live mealworms will readily be taken to feed to chicks in the nest and fledglings. Indeed, providing live mealworms – along with suitable nest boxes – is the best way to help reverse the Starling’s dwindling population.
4 Ways to Get Rid of Starlings
- Starling Traps
If you have tried all other solutions and have not been able to get your starling problem under control, trapping is an option, humane Starling Trap. This starling trap is spacious enough for birds to fly around inside . Simply bait starling traps with suet, seeds, or another type of food that starlings love, and wait. The birds will be safe and comfortable inside the trap until they can be released in another location.
2. Starling Prevention
Here are the best approach is to prevent starlings from roosting on your property before they build nests. Remove all sources of food from the site (this includes everything from bird feeders to unsecured dumpsters, garbage cans, livestock feeding equipment, and pet food containers). Seal any openings over one inch in diameter (check all vents, ducts, and windows). Prune trees on the property to make the land less attractive to starlings as a roosting spot.
3. Use a starling proof bird feeder
A great way to keep starlings away from your bird feeders is to buy one that they physically can’t use. The good news is that deploying a starling proof bird feeder will stop starlings from feeding. The bad news is that the feeder will also prevent any other medium size bird or larger from eating, including many that you want to see!
4. Spray food sources with anti-bird spray.
Different types of spray that are safe for humans are available. This is a particularly good option if you have a crop that starlings like to eat, like grapes or berries.
- Try spraying methyl anthranilate, a grape flavoring, on food sources.
- Garlic oil may also deter starlings. Applying it to bird seed “bait” or spraying it on or around potential food sources may encourage them to relocate.