Starling

Starling

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Photographed at St. Michael’s Mount, Cornwall, UK, in September 2011.

The European starling (Sturnus vulgaris) is native to temperate Europe and western Asia, and has been introduced to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and North America. It has developed a method of digging into the ground for hidden food. They have a large variety of song, and are known to mimic and to wolf whistle. This has earned them the name "poor-man's Myna". This is the Sturnus vulgarise vulgarise subspecies.