Pest Guides


Sturnus vulgaris



  • Starlings are 20–23cm in length, and can be recognised by their pointed wings and short tail when flying. At first sight, they appear to be plain black, but the feathers catch the light and may appear iridescent green or purple.


  • Starlings can rear up to two broods a year, during September and October. Each clutch usually consists of 4–6 eggs, where the young stays in the nest for about 3 weeks.
  • Breeding can extend into November and December if conditions are favourable.


  • The concentration of droppings from a large roosting flock provides a good medium for pathogenic fungi, some of which can be harmful or even fatal to humans.
  • Starlings are an agricultural pest of standing crops, but will also flock into cities in large numbers.

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