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Starling, Spotless
Bird Info
Bird Info
Conservation status
Scientific Name:
Sturnus unicolor
Africa, Asia, Cyprus, Denmark, Eastern Europe excluding Russia, Europe, France, Global, Greece, Italy, Middle East, North Africa, Portugal, Spain, Western Europe and Scandinavia Read more
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In Europe, the breeding population is estimated to number 2,100,000-3,100,000 breeding pairs, equating to 6,300,000-9,300,000 individuals (BirdLife International 2004). Europe forms 50-74% of the global range, so a very preliminary estimate of the global population size is 8,510,000-18,600,000 indiv ...
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The adult Spotless Starling is very similar to the Common Starling, but marginally larger (21–23 cm length; 70–100 g weight), and has darker, oily-looking black plumage, slightly purple- or green-glossed in bright light, which is entirely spotless in spring and summer, and only with very small pale spots in winter plumage, formed by the pale tips of the feathers. It also differs in having conspicuously longer throat feathers (twice the length of those on Common Starlings[ 2] ), forming a shaggy 'beard' which is particularly obvious when the bird is singing. Its legs are bright pink. In summer, the bill is yellow with a bluish base in males and a pinkish base in females; in winter, it is duller, often blackish. Young birds are dull brown, darker than young Common Starlings, and have a black bill and brown legs.[ 4] [ 5] Confusion with the Common Starling is particularly easy during the winter when Common Starlings are abundant throughout the Spotless Starling's range, but also in summer where their breeding ranges overlap in northeastern Spain and the far south of France.[ 4] It can also be confused with the Common Blackbird Turdus merula, which differs most obviously in its longer tail and lack of plumage gloss.[ 5] ...
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