Steenbok Nature Reserve
Common NameFamily NameRoberts NoStatusSize
Starling, CommonSturnus vulgaris757Resident20-22cm
Starling, Common

Introduced into South Africa. Dumpy bird with long sharp bill. In breeding season appears black but closer shows glossy purple and green, finely spotted buff, bill yellow. In winter, heavily spotted white and buff, bill dark. Juvenile grayish brown. Noisy and aggressive. Waddles. In non-breeding season forms flocks.
Food: insects and plant material, fruits and seeds.