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The Starling is a well-known garden bird with surprisingly pretty plumage when seen in the spring, having iridescent blue and green streaks among the black feathers. They have a dagger shaped yellow-orange bill.

Widespread and frequent throughout the UK, the Starling is well-known for flying in controlled growing groups at dusk almost like a school of fish in the sea. Their numbers may reach thousands before descending to roost. They nest in holes in buildings or trees, making a basic structure from grass lined with feathers and moss.

They will eat almost anything provided from all means, including seed, fruit, peanuts and suet from tables, feeders and on the ground. They will gather in numbers, and may take all food available in one sitting! In the wild they will feed on insects, worms and berries.