European Starling

Sturnus vulgaris
European Starling specimens on display in the exhibit "Birds of D.C."

DC Information

Introduced. Common permanent resident, very abundant in winter. Found throughout this area in most habitats, particularly in or near developed areas. Breeds early February to late July. Adults in fresh plumage (late summer) have whitish tips on many of the feathers, giving them a speckled appearance. Spring birds are uniformly dark. The young are brownish.

Specimen Information

In the exhibit, the two dark speckled birds are adults; the one that is lighter speckled and the one that is lighter without speckles are juveniles.  This image shows one juvenile on the left and an adult on the right.