Starling

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Actual Size: Up to 8.5″

Characteristics: Short stocky body, short tail, yellow beak in spring & summer, speckled in fall.

Habits:

  • Nests in cavities 10′-25′ above ground
  • Feeds on grains, seeds, insects, and garbage (50% insects in summer)
  • Will forage from dawn until dusk
  • Will generally roost in rural areas in warm months; urban in cold months
  • Roosting sites may be a long ways away from feeding sites, 15-30 miles

Overview

Starlings are most known for being loud and boisterous birds that are often found in urban areas. They are also one of the most common birds throughout the nation that nest in large numbers near homes, which is why they can become dangerous for homeowners. These birds vary in color but typically have glossy feathers in shades of blue and other colors. They are known for being great flyers that can fly long distances. When large numbers of starlings congregate near homes, they can become a dangerous and even destructive nuisance.

Starling Habitat

Normally, starlings can be found in open fields, orchards, and farms. However, they can become quite comfortable in urban environments with the amount of food and shelter available to them. Starlings can survive in both hot and cold environments, and do not mind being around people. They are very social creatures that tend to travel in large numbers, which is why they can become a huge problem near homes.

The Dangers of Starlings

In addition to being loud when in groups, starlings can cause quite a bit of property damage. In addition to being unsightly, starling droppings can eat away at pavement and asphalt, and dried droppings have been known to cause asthma. Their nesting habits on roofs or even inside of buildings can cause structural damage and create fire hazards as well.

Bird Control Measures & Prevention

Controlling, excluding, and preventing birds requires professional help. While one or two birds near your home is no cause for concern, nesting birds on your roof can become dangerous and cause structural damage. Bird droppings aren’t only unsightly, they carry a number of diseases as well. A professional pest control expert can work to exclude birds from deeming your home a suitable place to nest by applying deterrents or installing netting.

Bird prevention and removal is no job for amateurs. If birds on or near your property are causing damage or getting out of hand, it’s time to call in a professional.