Starling

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Starlings
Metallic Starling
Metallic Starling
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Sturnidae*
Genera

Aplonis
Poeoptera
Grafisia
Onychognathus
Lamprotornis
Aplonis
Aplonis
Cinnyricinclus
Speculipastor
Neochicla
Spreo
Cosmoparus
Sarroglossa
Creatophora
Fregilupus (extinct)
Necropsar (extinct)
Sturnus
Leucopsar
Basilornis
Streptocitta
Sarcops
Scissirostrum

Starlings are small to medium-sized passerine birds in the family Sturnidae. Starlings occur naturally only in the Old World (Europe, Asia and Africa), some forms as far east as Australia, but several European and Asian species have been introduced to North America and Australia; the Common Starling is a serious pest in both continents.

They are medium-sized passerines with strong feet. Their flight is strong and direct, and they are very gregarious. Their preferred habitat is fairly open country, and they eat insects and fruit. Several species live around habitation, and are effectively omnivores.

Plumage is typically dark with a metallic sheen. Most species nest in holes, laying blue or white eggs.

Many Asian species, particularly the larger ones, are called mynas, and the members of the African genus Lamprotornis are known as glossy starlings because of their iridescent plumage. The two species of Buphagus are called oxpeckers.

Species list

The mysterious "Bay Thrush" (Turdus ulietensis) may also belong into Aplonis.

    • The genus Sturnia is commonly included within Sturnus
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Cape Glossy Starling Lamprotornis nitens
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Starling as depicted in the Illustrated London Reading Book, 1851

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