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European Starling Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
 
General Information
- Pointed bill-yellow for most of year, dark in fall
- Black plumage with green and purple iridescence
- White spots scattered about head and body-largest
  in fall
- Dark wings and tail
- Pointed wings
- Short tail
- Juvenile gray-brown with faint streaking below
- Very common-frequently seen in large flocks

Similar species
The European Starling is somewhat similar to blackbirds, cowbirds and grackles but has a shorter tail, chunkier body, white spots on the head and body (most evident in fall), and a yellow bill (not evident in the fall).
 
 
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