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Starling Sturnus vulgaris

A very common bird all over Europe. It lives both in the countryside and in the middle of towns. Farmers fear the animal, because when the cherry trees present their fruit, flogs of starlings fly around. And when such a flock chooses your tree you're left without any pickable cherry. In Holland, somewhere in the woods not far from Arnhem, is a beautiful museum, with works by Van Gogh, Cezanne and the like. This museum has a little coffeeshop, where you can also sit outside. Coffee there is presented with little biscuits. Starlings love these and when you are presented with coffee don't be amazed a starling lands on your table. I have seen the same behavior in Poland, so my guess is that starlings are daring birds all over Europe. Because of it's many colours, which are visible during sunshine mainly, they have always intrigued people. Farmers for instance hated the birds, but they would still provide nesting opportunities.

This bird belongs to the family of Starlings (Sturnidae). It is in our garden infrequently and can be seen in Holland februari - november. The bird is 8" and weighs 75 grams. You can find the bird in woodlands and on the country side, but also in train stations and city centers. It eats insects, cherries, worms, snails, bread, crums and fruit. Compared to the male, the female is more spotted. In April the birds will start building their nest. They accept almost any hole as a good spot: holes in trees, rocks, walls. But flowerpots and other peculiar objects will do the trick as well. They lay four to six eggs, on which they sit for 12 to 14 days. After hatching the young remain in the nest for some 20 days.

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