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Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Aves > Passeriformes > Sturnidae

Names in different Languages

GermanGemeiner Star
EnglishCommon Starling
FrenchÉtourneau sansonnet
SpanishEstornino pinto


Migratory bird with white sparkling, overall dark, metallic shining feather dress. This species has been introduced to North America and can be both helpful and harmful to agriculture by either controlling invertebrate pests or damaging themselves fruits and growing sprouts.

How to Identify

Dark bluish to greenish, metallic shining feather dress with white spots. Usually appears in nearby parks in small flocks, resting in the top of trees, feeding on the ground.

Where When to Spot

Early spring till late autumn in all parks around Montreal.




Champ des Possibles, Montreal2022-05-08
Champ des Possibles, Montreal2022-05-07
Rapids Park Lachine2022-04-30
Parc Bernard-Landry2021-05-19
Park Angrignon, Montreal2019-07-01
Parc Bernard-Landry2019-06-24
Parc Bernard-Landry2019-05-25
Parc Bernard-Landry2019-05-11
Rapids Park Lachine2019-05-09
Parc Île-de-la-Visitation2019-05-07