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Starling, Common

Roberts No: 757

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.

Family Name:
Sturnus vulgaris
Common Name:
Starling, Common
20 to 22 cm