Common starling on a branch

A starling perched on a branch amid leafless twigs, displaying iridescent plumage.

The common starling, also known as the European starling in North America and simply as the starling in Great Britain and Ireland, is a medium-sized passerine bird.

It has glossy black plumage with a metallic sheen, which is speckled with white at some times of year.

A highly social species, starlings live in groups that can sometimes number several thousand or even millions of individuals.

It is also known for its vocal abilities, which enable it to imitate with great precision the vocalisations of other individuals, whether of the same species or not, as well as non-biological noises from its environment.

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