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last updated: 02/19/2014
Oregon Species

Oregon Wildlife Species

Bird Species of Oregon - Starlings

In addition to native bird species, introduced species, accidentals and birds that are currently expanding their ranges have been included here. Only one photo is shown for each species—as plumages vary between males and females, between young and adults, between seasons, see All About Birds for precise bird identification.

Swans, ducks, geese | Pheasants, grouse, quail, turkey | Loons, grebes | Pelicans, cormorants | Bitterns, herons, egrets | Raptors | Rails, coots, cranes | Shorebirds | Gulls, Terns | Murres, auklets, puffins | Doves, pigeons | Owls | Nighthawks, swifts | Hummingbirds | Kingfishers, woodpeckers | Flycatchers, larks | Vireos, shrike | Crows, jays, magpies | Swallows, martin | Chickadees, nuthatches | Wrens, kinglets | Bluebirds, thrushes | Pipits, waxwings | Warblers | Starlings | Tanagers | Towhee, sparrows, buntings | Blackbirds, grackles, orioles | Finches, grosbeak, house sparrow

European Starling

European Starling
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European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

The starling is an invasive species introduced from Europe. They most closely resemble blackbirds, with which they often flock in fall and winter. While both have iridescent plumage, starlings can be told from blackbirds by their two-toned wing pattern-dark upperwing, pale underwing- and during the breeding season by the bright yellow bill.

Starlings adapt readily and quickly to human habitation and are highly efficient and successful breeders. However, the abundance of the bird, the rapidity with which it has spread across North America, and its propensity to cause damage to crops and native bird populations cause the starling to be disfavored by many and remind us of how much damage an introduce species can cause.

They are a common to abundant breeder in urban areas, and locally common in agricultural areas throughout the state where buildings and trees are present.

Hear the song and call of the European Starling

Sources:  The Oregon Bird Records Committee | Birds of Oregon

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