All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>European Starling</strong>
<em>Sturnus vulgaris</em>
The genus name <em>vulgaris</em> means "common", not "vulgar", however with these rowdy birds the latter name is more fitting! Starlings were brought from Europe and released into New York'...
European Starling
Sturnus vulgaris
The genus name vulgaris means "common", not "vulgar", however with these rowdy birds the latter name is more fitting! Starlings were brought from Europe and released into New York's Central Park in the early 1890's. Their numbers exploded over the past 100 years and they are now found all over North America. They often mass into huge flocks, forming clouds of birds, wheeling and turning en masse in the sky. Starlings are like a "winged form of kudzu", these invasive non-natives crowd out the native birds. I had a hard time photographing these birds because they are leery of people, I had to take this photo from my car!

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