Starling, European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Thanks Burn...they are still playing havoc here...but they are a very pretty bird!
That's a really good image. Luckily we don't have too many of them in this zone...too cold in the winter...to hot & dry in the summer!
I agree, Amazing photo! I have always liked starlings! them, along with, red wing blackbirds and ravens I think are my favorite birds, Thanks for this Wonderful pic!
Very intelligent birds - make wonderful pets - terrific imitators, will amaze you with all the sounds they can make and they will talk also. I had one for a little over 9 years and he had about a 40 word vocabulary and an unlimited "sound" ability - for instance: whistle for the dog, wolf whistle,
squeaky door, various crash, bang and pound noises, squeaking of the mailman's vehicle's brakes, and many more, would say , I'm such a pretty thing, hello, how are you, what's your name and many more. Miss him a lot.
This and the House Sparrow are only two birds, in USA, that can be killed legally.
They can also be taught to talk, not as well as some birds but unstandable - mine before he died at 6 years, had vocabally of 30+ words.