European Starling

(Sturnus vulgaris)

Introduction: The European starling was originally introduced from Europe into New York in the 1890s. They are a stocky, robin-sized bird with dark plumage that is iridescent blue-black with the feathers tipped in light tan. Their beaks are black but will turn yellow as they approach the spring breeding season.

Habits: Starlings build their nests and mate during the spring. These nests are typically located in cavities of trees, bird houses, and crevices or confined structural spaces on buildings. They are sociable during most seasons and as summer progresses flocks can increase in size to hundreds or thousands of birds. These large flocks will often come together from miles around to establish immense communal roosts. Starlings are somewhat migratory in their habits and in the fall thousands of starlings may move from the northern breeding areas to more southerly regions. These vast flocks are of concern as they will roost on building ledges, lighted signs or structural bracings and will return to the same site every night during fall and winter months. On top of the filth they leave behind, starlings are known to transmit diseases such as encephalitis, ornithosis and histoplasmosis.

Control: The only permanent solution for a starling issue is exclusion, especially areas where they could potentially roost. Cook’s utilizes tried and true methods for controlling nuisance birds around your home or place of business. Call us today to discuss the problems you may be experiencing and allow us to help you solve your nuisance bird problem.

About Nuisance Birds

Although birds are a welcome site and a beautiful addition to creation, they can sometimes become pests. Nuisance birds can be destructive to your yard, garden, home or place of business and can be a health hazard due to the transmission of diseases.